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    Re: Symmedian point -earliest reference in navigation
    From: Bill Lionheart
    Date: 2018 Oct 14, 17:07 +0100

    Dave,
    Three lines of position is an interesting case to teach to students
    who will be in the future trying to deduce many unknowns from more
    equations, and there are lots of useful lessons.  One extension of the
    example is to include the DR position as a priori knowledge. This
    leads (algebraically) to what is called Tikhonov regularization, or
    Ridge Regression.
    
    In matrices, instead of x = (A^TA)^-1 A^Tb  you have (A^TA+a^2 I )^-1
    A^Tb where a is the ratio of the standard deviation of your "prior
    distribution" which measures how much you trust DR and the errors in
    the position lines. Here A^T is transpose and ^-1 means inverse and I
    is the 2x2 identity matrix
    
    I will eventually find a geometric construction for this I expect.
    
    Bill
    On Sun, 14 Oct 2018 at 14:24, David Pike  wrote:
    >
    > Bill
    > Never being able to remember the definition of symmedian point for longer 
    than 30 minutes, I Googled it, and that led me to your tutorial 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzDyi7ANoVA .  It extends well from a number 
    of connecting points from ‘A’ levels, which in my case was a long time ago.  
    On the whole, I think I preferred the geometrical solution although it does 
    explain why all the papers I attempt to read in the Journal of Navigation or 
    listen to at conferences are brim full of rows of matrices.
    >
    > I was pleased that you stressed that your position lines need to have equal 
    bands of error and that your solution is not necessarily what a ‘rule of 
    thumb’ kind of navigator might have used.  A useful thought which you could 
    have left for your potential students, who seemed unusually attentive, to go 
    away and think about is how they might have dealt with the fact they might 
    also have a lovingly worked out DR position to include in the casserole.  
    Should they ignore it, or should they seek a further MPP?  DaveP
    >
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