Sampling Theory for Vegetables
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: The 37th Maurice Belz Lecture
by Adrian Baddeley
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 â€œstereologyâ€.
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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