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Friday, January 06, 2006

Teachy feely

Staniford has a new Hubbert Linearization post up at TOD. I still don't feel that approach merits any worth, but many people feel differently; from a commenter at the site:
It doesn't seem to be out of the realm for this to be taught in college/grad school to a fairly broad audience. Why has this been held back so long?
I can answer that. Because this particular approach resorts to a grab-bag of heuristics and empirical relationships and does not rise far above mere fortuity. Staniford says hisself that
" (I confess that I still don't fully understand why this model works as well as it seems to in practice)"
Placing myself in such a situation, I wouldn't feel comfortable teaching anything I don't deeply understand to a bunch of hungry graduate students. On the other hand, I would feel perfectly fine teaching the oil shock model, because of its reliance on some physical reality and the properties of stochastic processes.


Professor Blogger JMS said...

Good work. Stuart should leave shooting from the hip to experts like myself (I don't take myself as seriously.)

1:16 PM  
Professor Blogger @whut said...

We're all up against all the real experts sequestered inside the big oil office buildings. Since they won't come outside and argue, I guess it's up to us to arrange ourselves in a circular firing squad.

BTW, somebody over at TOD suggested I get medical treatment for my apparent "mania". This has me worried as I am halfway through watching the movie "Pi" from a few years ago.

2:48 PM  
Professor Blogger Big Gav said...

Seems like a harmless mania to me.

I'm not sure how you can be posting while halfway through "pi" though. Now that guy had a mania....

2:23 AM  
Professor Blogger @whut said...

I must be not that far gone if you guys can figure out what I am talking about.

Tell me when my nose starts bleeding.

10:07 AM  

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