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Re: MUFON: A "Game-Changing"(?) Project

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:18:26 -0500
Archived: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 08:38:31 -0400
Subject: Re: MUFON: A "Game-Changing"(?) Project

>From: Isaac Koi<isaackoi.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:34:19 +0100
>Subject: MUFON: A "Game-Changing"(?) Project

>Most of the references to MUFON on this List and other
>discussion forums during the last year or two have not been very
>positive. Apart from the posts on various forums by those
>involved in a power struggle within MUFON and posts expressing
>concerns about MUFON's contract with Robert Bigelow's company,
>in the last few days some of us have been entertained/dismayed
>by footage of MUFON's new International Director (Clifford
>Clift) on The daily Show on 20 September 2011, which included
>Clifford Clift participating in a role play with someone dressed
>up as an alien speaking in a funny voice:


>Iíve started a few threads on there myself in the last few days
>to see how much of a response I get from MUFON representatives,
>including: "Statistical analysis of MUFON case reports?":

Isaac, currently the software that drives the MUFON database
does not capture all of the critical parameters necessary to
properly do a statistical analysis of varied parameters such as
witness' educational level, time of day, day of week, county,
length of sighting observation, etc. Those parameters exist but
the built-in software isn't able to extract them; a special
routine has to be written for each extract. The current software
can do things such as percent of hoaxes, UFOs, IFOs, U.S. state,
year, etc. But some of those parameters are very dependent on
the skill of each individual field investigator and don't make
for good statistical analysis.

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