Precision and linearity
dlynn at ASRR.ARSUSDA.GOV
Mon Apr 1 07:11:53 EST 1996
On Saturday, March 30, 1996 12:17 PM Nigel Smith[SMTP:ns10005 at cam.ac.uk]
>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
>>> years and 8 months.
>> Dwight Lynn
>> Au contraire, two points are the surest way to establish a
>> line. In the realm of good science, I am willing to get the points
>> 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...
I did not say you couldn't draw a straight line between two points, of
course you can. I said you cannot determine a linear relationship. If
you've had any statistics, you know these are different points (so to
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