In the field of oceanography, statistical analysis of complex data is a fundamental skill that often calls for mathematics beyond the training of the student. Here I would like to walk through some simple linear algebra and connect it to a well-used yet poorly understood statistical analysis technique. Eigenpairs Given a linear transformation (e.g. ),…

## Statistical Analysis for my Inverse Modeling

For the past week I’ve been working on a small but important facet of my inverse modeling research: a sensitivity analysis. Since some of the constraints placed on the model are estimated from measured quantities and not really nailed down, we need to be confident that a small change in the measurement wouldn’t make a…

## On cooking: or a polemic on over-analysis

Recently I was over at a friends apartment making dinner and I saw what a beautifully well-equipped kitchen she had. It got me thinking, or rather inspired, to take a moment and reflect on my own relationship with cooking. This reflection process got me to: deplore the lack of culinary skills in my generation, challenge…