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Pocket-Sized #1037: “Chernoff Faces”

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1037, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Mason Porter. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Mathematics issue (Vol. 16, #4) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine. 

Mason Porter encounters:

Chernoff and the Face Value of Numbers,” Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Annals of Improbable Research, vol. 16, no. 1, July-August 2010.

The Use of Faces to Represent Points in K-Dimensional Space Graphically,” Herman Chernoff, Journal of the American Statistical Association, vol. 68, no. 342, 1973, pp. 361–8.

Graphical Representation of Multivariate Data by Means of Asymmetrical Faces,” Bernhard Flury and Hans Riedwyl, Journal of the American Statistical Association, vol. 76, no. 376, December 1981, pp. 757-65. 

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