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Re: Two UFO-Related[?] Maps

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:20:01 -0500
Archived: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:02:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Two UFO-Related[?] Maps

>From: 'The Norm'
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:16:47 -0400
>Subject: Two UFO-Related[?] Maps

>There are two maps below showing: (1) nuclear power reactors in
>the USA, and (2) the top 10 states for UFO sightings. There is
>some relation  that can be partly explained in terms of
>variation in population  densities across the nation,  i.e.,
>more densely populated areas have  more nuclear power plants and
>more reported UFO sightings.

Anytime one tries to compare UFO sightings vs U.S. states, there
are multiple problems. The top 10 states for UFO sightings are
simply the 10 most populated states. It is normal to see a
direct relationship with population and UFO sightings,
population and # of deaths, population and sightings of airlines
(if anyone cared), etc. A more meaningful relationship would be
to factor out the population, factor out the states as UFOs
don't care about out state boundaries, and instead look at UFO
sightings per thousand of people. And to really improve the
value, factor out the 95% of cases that are mis-identifications.
Not an easy task, but it would be very valuable information.

The relationship to nuclear power stations from a map is fraught
with the same problems. Our nuclear power plants are usually
located not far from major population centers.

>Map Of Nuclear Power Reactors in the USA


>Map showing top 10 states for UFO sightings


The bottom line is that these two maps do not prove that UFOs
are correlated to any particular state or to nuclear reactors.

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