Mackay Minutes 2016/09/15

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How did we do on our todo list?

  • Andy:
    • I'll get Laura the values of the vectors in the tensor outer product, so that she can check for lat/long regression of region vector, and meteorological regressions, if possible.
    • I'll look at 1907, 1917, and 1921, to see if there was anything exceptional in the MacKay reports (or elsewhere).
    • I'll be looking for more meteorological data from Teresa, and checking with her contact suggested in her last email.
  • Madison:
    • We need a graphic with the (nine) regions of Nova Scotia
    • Both Madison and Laura will be working on the abstract for the poster competition
    • Madison will check on the 1915 and 1920 data, to see why it appears that becoming common seems earlier than first appearance.
  • Laura:
    • check for lat/long regression of region vector, and meteorological regressions, if possible, of the yearly .
    • Both Madison and Laura will be working on the abstract for the poster competition
  • Steve: off the hook

The Readings

The Climate of Nova Scotia (from The Climate of Canada).

Moving forward

  • Poster Session Deadline approaches in October...
  • Talk for the MAA:

Pioneering Climate Science and Data Analysis: the work of Alexander MacKay (1848-1929)

in the category of

Interdisciplinary Topics in Mathematics (Statistics, linear algebra, GIS, Botany, climate science)

in the contributed papers section.

Our objective would be to

  1. Describe MacKay as a brilliant quantitative scientist, and his citizen science project (Andy)
  2. Describe the summary data, and how we found it; associated data (e.g. climatological data); and problems we encountered, how we solved them, etc. (Madison)
  3. Describe climate-related discoveries so far (Laura).

http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2017/2180_maacall

In the News

Todo for next week

  • Andy:
    • Continue with TSVD analysis
    • Prepare and submit abstract for MAA talk
    • Get vector components to Laura for regression analysis
  • Madison:
    • Keep working the GIS component
    • Take care of checking data for errors
    • Look for errors in 1915
  • Laura:
    • Perform regressions on TSVD vectors
    • Get early spring averages and try a regression on the yearly component
  • Steve:
    • will look into how to animate the FAT and the model predictions in R

Next meeting

Thursday, 9/22, 3:00

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