I have made progress on my Gaussian algorithm (putting it into theoretical mathematical form, and then computationally-friendly form, namely from integrals to a close approximation using a large number of rectangle areas that sum up to an area under the curve), but before I go too far, I would appreciate any feedback you might have on the description in my last post - "How I Met the Gaussian Distribution." I'm guess I'm still concerned about whether simply multiplying the Gaussian by a factor within an integral, and then dividing it out again to reconcile the units,
Oh dear, looks like it's yet another spinoff of "How I Met Your Mother."
No, actually, this one is far more... calculating, you might say. (I'm preparing jokes for the Science Assembly!)
To preface this discussion, I will first describe the Gaussian distribution in simpler terms. Basically, it's the bell curve! There is a median value that gets most of the stuff (highest number of items), and from there the graph slopes down on both sides of the central median, like this:
After scouting my locations, I decided that leaf packs are going to be impractical. Instead, I'll use the chemical tests at 6 locations (possibly more), and use the mesh method for catching benthic macroinvertebrates in a section downstream.
Thank you for your detailed feedback on the first draft of my research paper! Thanks also to Kristin for the helpful critique. :-)
I went through and changed all placements of periods to be after the citation, not before.
What, you didn't know?? Electorns are the new thing! Electorns! Oh wait, maybe it's just me. ;-) I'm pretty surprised that Word did not consider that an incorrect spelling... unless I accidentally added it to the dictionary. Oh boy. Thank you.
I do think I'm off track for where I should be with my project, but I'm not overly concerned about it. I turned in the first round of college aps (the ones I was worried about) on Friday, and have been setting up a schedule for the actual experimentation this weekend.
My goal is to get the leaf packs in the stream by the end of the week. This will involve getting the bags, gathering leaves, scouting locations, making the packs, and placing them.