Dear Jim, This post has forced me to hitherto unreached pinnacles of restraint! So many tag lines, so little time! robert yoder> From: pecanjim> To: homeroast> Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:22:48 -0500> Subject: [Homeroast] OT: Another small sample study - deer do prefer to poop in the middle of the road> > This is WAY off topic but since it is a direct spin-off from the small > sample discussion on this list I thought I would go ahead and post it > here.> > Background: I have a path that I take the dogs on a walk almost every > morning that is about 6,032 feet round trip. Slightly more than half > of the path follows a 20 foot wide newly paved road that dead ends at > an 80 foot diameter paved turn-around. The road is for a new > development that has not gotten off the ground and over the past two > years I have only seen three cars on the road while I was walking. > During this time I have noticed that the deer poop that shows up on > the road clearly tend to be clustered toward the center of the road. > When the remnants of Fay arrived, stayed a wh ile, and finally moved on > she left well over a foot of rain here and washed all the old deer > poop off the road.> > Today: Thinking about the small sample issue, I decided to collect > data when I took the dogs on our daily walk. I took a tape measure > and measured the distance from the center of the road for each of the > sixteen instances of deer poop deposited since Fay did her cleaning > job. I then classified those within five feet as in the middle half, > or center, and those between five feet and ten feet as on the outside > half. Final count is three on the outside and thirteen in the > middle. And two of the three I classified as outside were actually on > the five foot line but were more on the outside than inside. I > calculated a binomial test for the center count being higher than 50% > and got p=.0021, statistically significant with an n of only 16. I > am now confident, using a statistician's equivalent of beyond a > reasonable doubt, that deer do indeed p refer to poop in the middle of > the road. Why do deer prefer to poop in the middle of the road? > Rather than fill the list more of an OT thread, anyone interested in > my thinking can send me a reply email and I will reply individually > with my theory of why I think deer prefer to poop in the middle of the > road.> > pecan jim in La Place, which is no longer an official place, > Alabama.>> Homeroast mailing list> Homeroast>http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20See what people are saying about Windows Live. Check out featured posts.