Re: approximate solutions

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jul 21 2006 - 13:30:35 CDT

Hello Jerry:

Actually the graphs and tables are still quiate useful
for checking and cutting down orders of magnitude
errors. Although I graduated in 1985, we civils used
them extensively back then and still use them today
when we've got to explain ourselves to a lay audience.
 While it's great to get precise solutions with
today's calculators and computers, it's much easier to
display how things relate to the variables with a
graphical approximation. My assumption for ROV folks
and the like, it's best to suppose that they are not
particular comfortable with computers and statistics.
If they aren't comfortable with an approach, they
probably won't use it.

To Kathy, perhaps it might make more sense if you
think of having to present a scatter graph to an
audience. While it certainly would be more precise if
you used a direct numerical approach to find the trend

in the data, it's so much clearer of the data points
are plotted and then a line is drawn showing the
trend. In this case the audience is likely math
phobic ROV's. Got to go.

--- Jerry Lobdill <> wrote:

> Ed,
> Yes, it's possible. I thought of that, being a 1959
> engineering
> school graduate, back when such things were still
> viewed as useful.
> :-) We'll see if it seems practical. If so I might
> try to sell that
> idea in Texas. Can't speak for uscountvotes though.
> Jerry Lobdill
> At 09:35 AM 7/21/2006, you wrote:
> >Message: 3
> >Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 07:34:58 -0700 (PDT)
> >From: "Edmund R. Kennedy" <>
> >Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: OVC-discuss Digest,
> Vol 21, Issue 21
> >To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> > <>
> >Message-ID:
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> >
> >Hello All:
> >
> > Could an approximate solution be derived
> >graphically via one or more nomographs? One axis
> >could be number of votes, another axis could be the
> >closeness of the election and other variables could
> be
> >presented by means of a 'family' of curves. A good
> >example could be the 2000 "Highway Capacity
> Manual's,"
> >speed density curves or the classic Manning's
> >Nomograph with turning line used for open channel
> flow
> >by civil engineers. That certainly would be a lot
> >less intimidating to your average registrar of
> voters
> >or election rights activist.
> >
> >Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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