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Carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin: partially labelled regressors and the design of experiments

Riani, Marco, Atkinson, Anthony B., Fanti, Giulio and Crosilla, Fabio (2012) Carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin: partially labelled regressors and the design of experiments. Statistics and Computing . ISSN 0960-3174

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Abstract

The twelve results from the 1988 radio carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin show surprising heterogeneity. We try to explain this lack of homogeneity by regression on spatial coordinates. However, although the locations of the samples sent to the three laboratories involved are known, the locations of the 12 subsamples within these samples are not. We consider all 387,072 plausible spatial allocations and analyse the resulting distributions of statistics. Plots of regression residuals from the forward search indicate that some sets of allocations are implausible. We establish the existence of a trend in the results and indicate how better experimental design might have enabled stronger conclusions to have been drawn from this multi-centre experiment.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/0960-3174/
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Library of Congress subject classification: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Statistics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 13:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43519/

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