Re: [Synoptic-L] Re: [GPG] Stats: for "M" and "Q"
- I can understand that the authors of the study
may well wish to wait till the whole study is published
before releasing specific details, but it would
be helpful to know one or two things about the
statistical method, without prejudicing release of
a) Were the data partitioned?
In other words were each of the "blocks" divided
into samples, so that "within group" variance could
be compared with "between group" variance?
b) If the tests were based on "vocabulary" did this
focus on high frequency function words or did it
include low frequency "content words"? (The latter
have the disadvantages of being subject related,
and also of having very low counts per thousand words.)
c) Did the method include some kind of significance test
for a p value or some equivalent?
d) What precautions were taken against the kinds
of bias that methods using prior variable selection
(e.g. Stepdisc) might suffer?
I hope this does not sound too suspicious, it is really
only an attempt to encourage a little information
which might give some indication of the robustness
of the method. Many NT studies have been based
on vocabulary counts which have very slight statistical
underpinning, and it would be good if there were more
which were in line with literary stats elsewhere.
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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> What you propose is clearly not impossible. But it is certainly not as good
> as the original. What you present here is a brief general call to
> repentance, followed by scenarios of people eager to repent. In our extant
> Luke there is a warning of wrath and fire, so that by verse 10 one can sense
> the crowds feeling guilty and ready to make amends. It parallels an
> evangelistic meeting where there is a lengthy build-up of emotion before a
> challenge to commitment. Luke was a good storyteller!
'Better', is a subjective judgment. Personally I'd prefer a version without the fire and brimstone, but that's just my subjective judgment.
Consistency, and sticking with a theme is a less subjective measure.
>I really don't see this as much of a jump, if any. v3 mentions forgiveness (group not named), and the quote from Isaiah's 'punchline' is about salvation (for all). "Forgiveness -> salvation" seems like theme continuity to me.
> But there remains the jump in the opposite direction, between verses 3 & 4.
> In the extant text vv. 4-6 represent a temporary departure from the theme of
> repentance so that Luke can portray the Jewish scriptures as hinting at the
> salvation of the Gentiles (v.6).
I've not had a chance to look at the rest yet. Probably Tuesday, if not before then.