Tag Archives: statistics

Nothing new here

So it seems science has beaten us to the punch once again. Remember last week’s optimistic story on how you can make better use of your (measurement) time? Turns out it has been done (at least once) before. The year was 1993, the authors were M. Steinhart and J. Pleštil, and they did the same […]

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Making better use of your time: optimizing measurement time

Often, especially when measuring on big facilities, you are given a limited amount of time. So when it comes to measuring the sample and the background, this limited time has to be divided between a measurement of the sample, and a measurement of the background. Normally, one would spend about 50% of the time on […]

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More statistics and change of job

Hello dear readers, As a followup on my previous story, a colleague of mine sent me this paper that helps explain the standard deviation, standard error and confidence intervals. A useful, and funny read: Click here. The second noteworthy item is that I have, as of November 1st, started working at the National Institute for […]

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Everybody hates statistics…

Everybody hates statistics [1]…   … but it can be of major importance in our small angle world. While very few papers on small-angle scattering discuss statistics, they can tell you whether your observations are real or just imaginary. In addition, statistics will let you know whether you have been able to describe your scattering […]

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