Re: A picture's worth a thousand words - or - who do you love

Posted by bobbapink on May 02, 2002 at 17:40
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Re: A picture's worth a thousand words - or - who do you love (DA Morgan)

Would you consider measuring the temperature of the air three feet in front of a fireplace the same as measuring the temperature of the flames?

Absolutely not. Would you consider measuring the temperature of a room by measuring the air three feet in front of a fireplace?

Which dataset would you use to measure the temperature of the room as a whole?

Which dataset would you base your conclusion that the average room temperature was, as a trend, increasing, decreasing, or remaining the same?

Would you

1) take measurements over an evenly spaced grid throughout the room at a specific height using a very small number of cross calibrated and verified thermometers like MSU

OR

2) opt for the surface measurement method by measuring in front of the flame, seat cushions, the top of the TV, the mantle and other convenient locations all using different thermometers with varying degrees of accuracy, varying degrees of interpretation, and varying degrees of the inevitably induced human error and bias both inadvertent and deliberate?

Thatís a long question but that pretty much sums up the situation.


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