Quadrat Analysis_RW_Thomas

If there exists a close correspondence between the

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Unformatted text preview: ween the predicted and the observed probabilities then we accept the assumptions incorporated in the theoretical distribution as being the most likely explanation for the process governing the evolution of the pattern. Conversely, if the theory bears little relation to the observed distribution then we reject the assumptions as being an untenable process explanation. An example will help clarify this reasoning. The simplest assumption we can make about any point pattern is that its distribution is controlled by a random process. That is, the location of any point within the pattern occurred independently of all other points. Giventhisassumption it is quite easy to deduce a random probability distribution capable of predicting a 6 Fig. 2 : Approaches to the analysis of a hypothetical point pattern 7 random frequency array. We can then compare the predicted random probabilities with the observed probabilities in order to test the validity of our assumption of randomness. Alternatively, we can construct probability...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course GEO 6938 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '08 term at University of Florida.

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