School Seminars and Colloquia

Sampling Theory for Vegetables

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: The 37th Maurice Belz Lecture

by Adrian Baddeley

Institution: Professor of Statistics at the University of Western Australia
Date: Tue 25th October 2005
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Theatre 1, Old Geology Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: One of the basic techniques used in microscopy is an application of statistical principles of survey sampling.
Suppose we want to infer the composition of a solid material (such as a biological tissue, a rock, or a metal) from thin slices of the material. An expensive solution is to reconstruct the solid geometry of the material using computed tomography, or serial section reconstruction. But there is a far simpler and easier technique, based on elementary principles of random sampling, called “stereology”.
The talk will explain some basic techniques of stereology and demonstrate them for the audience.
Some of the greatest mistakes in twentieth-century science were committed or perpetuated through a failure to understand principles of sampling inference. Stereology also helps to identify such methodological errors in microscopy. Some examples will be discussed.

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