Precision and linearity/1g
ED at MOLBIOL.UCT.AC.ZA
Mon Apr 1 02:48:19 EST 1996
> From: ns10005 at cam.ac.uk (Nigel Smith)
> Subject: Re: Precision and linearity
> In article <9603291834.AA29206 at mercury.med.pitt.edu>, bap at MED.PITT.EDU
> (Bruce Phillips) wrote:
> > Recently, Dwight Lynn had the audacity to communicate:
> >> I'm sorry to inform you that you cannot determine a linear relationship
> >> with just two points. You'll need to set up another centrifuge at 3X for 8
> >> years and 8 months
> > Au contraire, two points are the surest way to establish a straight
> > line. In the realm of good science, I am willing to get the points BEFORE
> > drawing the line.
> Two points certainly define a line, and if want a straight line then two
> points is all you should take.
> However, if you want to prove to your peers that the line *is* straight, I
> would suggest you plot a few more...
Not me...! I established the phenomenon occurs to my satisfaction;
anyone else wants to set up a 20yr expt, fine for them...I plan to be
near retiring by then. With my by-then-32-yr-sedimenting bottle of
Ed Rybicki, PhD
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