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    Re: Still on LOP's
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2002 Apr 20, 01:57 -0500

    On Fri, 19 Apr 2002 12:35:28 -0300, Trevor J. Kenchington wrote:
    
    (Rodney: If you can explain how Sir Isaac and his
    >calculus lead to a different conclusion, I'd be glad to hear it.)
    >
    I'll try.
    
    A probability function P{x} must be integrated over an interval to determine 
    the probability of the instance falling within that interval.
    The correct way to say it is "The probability of a position lying within (some 
    distance) (delta x) of a value for x is (whatever). In the
    cases we are talking about, measurements of LOPs, the probability of it lying 
    within [delta x] of the MPP is higher than the probability
    of it falling within that same (delta x) of any less-probable position.
    
    The confusion in this discussion seems to come from comparing a probablity 
    over a zero interval with probabilities over large areas.
    It doesn't work that way.
    
    Before calculus people had a lot of trouble with that (e.g. Zeno's Paradox). 
    Today every car-crazy adolescent knows what
    acceleration is.
    
    HTH
    
    
    
    
    
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                                  J36 Gjo/a
    
    
    "Curse thee, thou quadrant. No longer will I guide my earthly way by thee."  Capt. Ahab
    
    
    

       
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