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    Re: Averaging
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Oct 21, 21:05 -0400

    On Oct 21, 2004, at 8:52 PM, Herbert Prinz wrote:
    > Why in the world would anybody want to do 3 least square fits in the
    > wrong place when 1 in the right place is enough? If someone could
    > explain this to me, I will keep quiet. This must be an idea that
    > originated from long winter evenings at the fireplace, not from a real
    > world nav-station.
    It could be that it takes but a few button pushes in a spreadsheet to
    fit a straight line, whereas fitting another type of equation by least
    squares is tough for people: there's no recipe
    >> Standard procedure for plotting a line of position
    >> using the St. Hilaire method calls for plotting a
    >> straight line, when we know that what we "should" be
    >> plotting is the arc of a great circle.  Still, the
    >> straight line is useful.
    In case it wasn't clear, Herbert's response to my previous post on this
    matter invalidated what I said.

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