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    Re: On LOPs
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2002 Apr 15, 22:24 -0300

    Jared,
    
    I would agree with you that the probability contours around the MPP
    would not be elliptical if there were more than two LOPs but they would
    not be circular either -- though a circle might be a close approximation
    in some cases. If there were four or more LOPs, those contours might get
    quite complicated, with two (or more) relatively probable areas
    separated by less-probable areas and irregular low-probability contours
    surrounding the whole.
    
    Also, you are surely right that a rigorous determination of the MPP
    would require consideration of the various LOPs having different
    precisions. Assuming that they are all equally reliable is just a
    convenient simplification to ease discussion of these points.
    
    Then again, if your imprecisions are so small that they can be
    represented graphically by the thicknesses of pencil lines, I'm not sure
    why you would bother in practice to do more than plot them and circle
    your entire cocked hat as your fix.
    
    
    Trevor Kenchington
    
    
     Jared Sherman wrote:
    
    >So far I haven't seen any justification for the "most probable" position, 
    much less for the use of an ellipse (which has 2 focii) rather than a circle 
    (with one focii, i.e. center) when using 3 or more LOPs (which would indicate 
    a need for 3 or more "focii"). [snip]
    >
    
    
    

       
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