Sample Size: How Many is Enough?

What is a good sample size? How many replicate measurements do we need to make inferences about a population from the sample? There are scientific articles on this subject, such as the one by H.W. Austin (1983), of which the title of the blog post is borrowed. There is no universal answer to this question. It depends very much on the studied phenomenon and the requirements on the results. Here is a nice example of how MATLAB helps to get a sense of the relationship between sample size and quality of the result.

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MathWorks Supports Curriculum Development

MathWorks supports the curriculum development of the MATLAB/LEGO MINDSTORMS Environmental Remote Sensing Lab by Martin H. Trauth, in collaboration with Jens Tronicke and Bodo Bookhagen. Sebastian Gross, Senior Education Technical Specialist of MathWorks, advises us on all matters involving the development of the new curriculum. The course for undergraduate and graduate students aims to improve their skills to build efficient teams to solve typical problems in earth sciences in acquiring, processing and analyzing typical multispectral, geophysical and geometric data. The progress of course development as well as course materials will be provided on this blog.

Creating Animated 3D Files with MATLAB

Since the introduction of electronic devices with touch controls, interactive 3D graphics objects have become increasingly popular in multimedia electronic books (ebooks). The Simulink 3D Animation available from The MathWorks, Inc. provides the necessary tools to create and export 3D graphics objects for inclusion in documents such as multimedia ebooks, interactive webpages, and presentations. Continue reading “Creating Animated 3D Files with MATLAB”