yrieithydd: (Wyddor)
36 pages of my thesis/dissertation* have colour graphs on it. I asked the faculty computer bod about colour printing and she suggested the Oriental studies basement at a £1 a sheet. This would be expensive. I checked the Computer service printing pages which tells me I can get 25p a side in the Phoenix User Area.** This is better, but will still cost me £18 for the initial softbound copies and a further £9 for the hardbound copy. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Annoyingly dad has a colour printer, but I want to be in Cambridge before I'm at the colour printing stage. Emailing him the copies and getting them sent might be cheaper but rather complicated and risky on the postal service!

*Paul reckons t'other place uses thesis for DPhils but Cambridge uses disseration. This seems to be borne out my the English Faculty Blue Book for PhD students (PDF) but has anyone else noticed it?

**Question for [livejournal.com profile] caliston, Am I right in thinking that was where we took Martin on Saturday?

Averages

Oct. 3rd, 2005 05:52 pm
yrieithydd: (Wyddor)
Mmmm, reading about statistics has reminded me that saying `average' is not technically as there are (at least?) three measures of the average in statistics. Thus I decided that I ought to avoid using the word and explain why to my non-technical audience. In doing this, I found myself confused about what the thing I was referring to as `the average' actually was.

I think I'm being confused because I'm dealing with frequencies. The data that I am analysing are the figures for occurrences of my preposition(s) across the texts of my corpus. My thirteen texts are very different lengths, ranging from 1967 words to 66608 words, though those are extremes, the second longest is 15804 words and the second shortest 3079 words. I have produced the frequencies by dividing the number of occurrences by the number of words and multiplying by 1000 which gives the number of occurrences per 1000 words. I have done this for each of the texts in turn and for the corpus as a whole. It is this figure I have described as the `average for the corpus'. This obviously is not the median or the mode (neither of which make any sense for my data AFAICS) but is it the mean? It was not found by adding up the totals of a set of figures and dividing it by the number of examples. Am I right to just call it the average?

Statistics

Sep. 27th, 2005 04:25 pm
yrieithydd: (Wyddor)
If you'd told me 3 weeks ago that I'd be voluntarily learning statistics and even enjoying it, I wouldn't have believe you. I blame [livejournal.com profile] emperor. I think I owe [livejournal.com profile] leonato an apology for being horrible about his subject. Unlike when I did (small amounts of) statistics in GCSE Maths, I have data I am interested in analysing and therefore stats has a point! I'm still not convinced it's Maths though and think that maybe it would be better taught in a subject other than Maths, like Geography when you're doing a project involving data (which is why I picked geography as our coursework involved data!). But I suppose the problem with that is that not everyone in a geography class will necessarily have the same amount of maths.*

Query behind the cut )

*With us Maths was setted from year 9, but for years 8 and 9 Geography was banded with History and Science,** so that there were three supposedly equal upper classes (a,b,c) and two supposedly equal lower classes(d,e). Thus it is likely that people from the top maths set where spread out over the groups a-c. At GCSE, I don't know about those who only took geography, I guess they were set, but 9 of us did both history and geography and so were the one geography set in the free option time so couldn't be setted!

**Due to timetabling constraints like the number of teachers available

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