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The Doing of Science [Aug. 7th, 2013|12:29 am]
I got my AGU abstract written today, and will submit it tomorrow. (Hooray for deadline-extending website outages!)

I have been busily hacking away at statistical analyses over the last few workdays. I'm working on bias-correcting our data, and there's this popular technique that I suspected of being overzealous, and I really wanted to be able to show that people were Doing It Wrong and needed to modify their methodology.

I think that what I have instead proven is that BOTH approaches are overzealous, and that my proposed fix is actually marginally worse, but also that both of them are way, way worse than using a nearly-equivalent procedure that has a little bit more fancy math in it, which I thought would be kinda twitchy but is actually fine. (And which also turns out to be computationally less expensive.)

Which is a little bit annoying, because I've been touting (my fixed version of) the technique in talks, and now I'm going to have to change course (although I guess it will still work just fine for the larger point I'm making when I mention it, which is that this is a tricky subject), but on the plus side, it does mean that I can proudly say that yes, I am really truly Doing Science, because I had a belief, and the evidence proved that belief to be wrong, and therefore I changed my mind. SCIENCE!

Also, I got to use the word "oracle" in my abstract, which pleases me.

[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2013-08-07 09:42 am (UTC)


O great and powerful Oracle, whose hair always marches in formation, I humbly ask for guidance:

Why does Danish have 43 vowel sounds?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-08-07 02:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Oracle!


(Although, to be fair, it's only got a couple more vowels than English -- and English has correspondingly more consonants.)
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[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2013-08-07 03:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Oracle!

Those extra vowels, when combined with all of the alterations made by adjacent consonants (høj is pronounced hoy, hej is pronounced hey, etc.), make for a grand total 0f 43 different sounds in vowel land. And y is always a vowel... that is a U sound: Nyborg = new-bore.

Silent G.


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[User Picture]From: ocschwar
2013-08-13 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Oracle!

► 4:16► 4:16
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2013-08-07 03:20 pm (UTC)
And seriously, any day that you can put a "!" after "science" is a good day!

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