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[CCICADA-announce] Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Announcement

Linda Casals lindac at
Tue Sep 4 13:42:15 EDT 2012

The DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series will be held most
Mondays this Fall at 11 AM, with brown bag lunch served. An Announcement of
the seminar is attached.

The first seminar of the Fall semester will be on Sept. 10 at 11 AM in the
CoRE 4th floor seminar room. The speaker will be Fred Roberts:

DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, CoRE
4th Floor Seminar Room Brown Bag Lunch Included

Fred Roberts, DIMACS, Rutgers University, Piscataway

Title: Meaningless Statements in Landscape Ecology and Environmental

A statement involving scales of measurement is called meaningless if its
truth or falsity can depend on the particular versions of scales that are
used in the statement. Using examples from the study of landscape ecology
and environmental sustainability involving indices of biodiversity, global
vegetation indices, metrics of climate change, and others, we will give a
variety of examples of meaningless and meaningful statements. We will
briefly discuss the mathematical foundations of the theory of
meaningfulness, discuss ways to average scores that lead to meaningful
statements, and, time permitting, discuss the meaningfulness of statistical

Linda Casals
DIMACS Publicity Coordinator
DIMACS Center Rutgers University
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ  08854-8018 

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