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Re: Off-Season UFOs - Hall

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 20:28:59 +0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 16:27:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Off-Season UFOs - Hall


>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 22:17:44 -0500
>Subject: Re: Off-Season UFOs

>>From: Larry Hatch <larryhatch.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 16:44:10 -0800
>>Subject: Re: Off-Season UFOs

>>>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 11:10:46 -0000
>>>Subject: Re: Off-Season UFOs

>>>We need to factor in data on population density. If more UFOs
>>>are seen in a particular area, might it not reflect the fact
>>>that there are more people there to see them? Indeed, the
>>>results of my MOD study produced maps that seemed to reflect
>>>this very point. More UFO reports came from in and around London
>>>than from anywhere else, and there were similar clusters around
>>>major conurbations.

>>I have a routine in the database software that ranks states, the
>>DC, and Canadian provinces/territories by raw sightings counts,
>>same over population, and same over area. This isn't on my
>>website yet, stay tuned.

>>On the same map above, compare Arizona to New Mexico. Areas are
>>about the same (NM slightly larger than AZ) but AZ has less than
>>one quarter the filtered sightings counts per 1000 population as
>>New Mexico.

>>I don't see any obvious demographic reason for this.

>Many years ago when I and the world were young (early 1970s) I
>was studing the statistical data in Project Blue Book Special
>Report #14. In that publication they present, without comment, a
>map showing the USA with grid areas which are 1 degree squares,
>i.e., latitude (horizontal) and longitude (vertical) lines
>spaced 1 degree apart. Inside each grid square they listed the
>number of sightings.

<snip>

>Now I was able to plot the number of sightings vs population. I
>found negligible correlation... in fact the "noise" overwhelmed
>any correlation. As I recall, the mst prominent example of non-
>correlation was the comparison of the square with Albuquerque NM
>in it with Washington, DC or New York or LA, etc. (This was long
>before the Uintah basin sightings were collected). In this case
>ABQ, with an estimated 200-300,000 people had the same number or
>a greater number of sightings than the areas with ten times its
>population.

Bruce & List,

In my forthcoming report on the 1966-67 UFO sighting wave for
the Fund for UFO Research (hopefully before June), I have
plotted the sightings vs. U.S. Census Divisions with the help of
a graphic artist, using now readily available data from the
Census Bureau. There are a couple of areas that slightly depart
from a straight population correlation.


 - Dick





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