Stats4Grads: Turning Lines into Numbers and Other Stories from an Archaeologist
5 February 2014 13:00 in CM105
A persistent challenge in archaeology is that often our data does not look like the data presented in statistical courses or textbooks. Half the battle is figuring out how to turn our data into meaningful values so that it is possible to have the means, standard deviations, and so on required in statistical tests. In my research, this has inventing a quantitative method for looking at archaeologically preserved routes by building populations from single samples and turning computer- or hand-drawn lines into numbers, in order to learn why people walked one way and not another thousands of years ago. This talk tells the story of how this quantitative method was invented and what it is starting to tell us about travel during the Early Third Millennium B.C.
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