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• Hey Bill, I m going to have to take your geostats course, are you sure it s legal???? Frank ... From: ai-geostats-list@unil.ch
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Hey Bill,
I'm going to have to take your geostats course, are you sure it's legal????

Frank

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Subject: AI-GEOSTATS: entering the fray - tis a tad exciting, n'est pas?

What the h--- (this is more fun than jello wrestling):

Steve Zoraster wrote:

> 1) What manager in the mining or petroleum industry who has graduated
> from college hasn't taken a serious statistics course, including
covariances
> and correlations?

Are we talking planet earth? As one that teaches stat at all levels
(calculus, non-calc, simulation, etc.) including graduate engineers:
Most do not remember much from stat - even the basics. Covariances are way
above what most will remember - especially managers not dealing with this on
an ongoing basis. For stat geeks (I include myself in that
category), covariances may be OK, but I like that old down-home feeling one
gets with a nice semi-variogram plot with the actual data scattered around
it. Sends nice chills down the spine. A good bottle of wine,
your favorite partner, and some semi-variogram modeling - it just doesn't
get any better than that...

> 2) Surely when starting from scratch, educating someone about
> geostatistics is more intuitive using covariances? (Just my opinion so
far,
> speaking as a mathematician who remembers teaching basic college level
> statistics to nursing majors, education majors, sociology majors, etc. And
> even succeeding occasionally.)

Maybe for your crowd but not for all. But whatever works is fine with moi.

> Steven Zoraster

Let the good times roll.

Bill Harper (aka Wolfcamp) - the other half of Isobel's PG2000 team
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William V. Harper, Mathematical Sciences, Otterbein College
Towers Hall 136, One Otterbein College
Westerville, OH 43081-2006 USA 614-823-1417 Fax: 614-823-3201
Faculty page: http://www.otterbein.edu/home/fac/WLLVHRPR/
For the best in geostatistics: http://geoecosse.hypermart.net/
Future features: http://www.wvharper.com - currently points to above
geostatistics site

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