Counting Flamingos with MATLAB

Here is a nice application of the script from MRES to count sand grains in microscope images. In September 2013 a biologist from the National Museums of Kenya joint us on an expedition to the Suguta Valley in the Northern Kenya Rift. At that time hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos left the Central Kenia Rift, especially from the Nakuru basin, and went to the Suguta Valley. The biologist started to count the flamingos, while I immediately thought about doing this automatically with a little MATLAB script.

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So it all started. I was an invited speaker at the MATLAB Expo 2016 in Munich with a lecture on “Dust storms, blackouts and 50°C in the shade: with MATLAB  in the cradle of humankind“. One of Keynote Lectures was held by Dr. Rainer Stetter of ITQ, “Industry 4.0 – Risks and Opportunities“, who talked, among other things, about the European Hi5 Hackethon 2016  with MATLAB and LEGO MINDSTORMS. I wondered how I could use the connection of MATLAB and LEGO MINDSTORMS, using the hardware support of The MathWorks in my shortcourses on geoscientific data analysis and future editions of the textbooks.

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Calculating the Continuous 1-D Wavelet Transform with the new Function cwt, Part 1

In MATLAB R2016b, the function to calculate a continuous 1D wavelet transform has been replaced by a new function, unfortunately with the same name. Here is a great example why I think that this blog is very useful: Here I can let you know how I would modify the script of Chapter 5.8 of MRES and ask for your comments on it, long before the 5th edition of MRES will be published.

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