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Mathematics and computers in archaeology

Author: Jim Doran; Frank Roy Hodson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1975.
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"This book is for students and practitioners of archaeology. It offers an introductory survey of all the applications of mathematical and statistical techniques to their work. These applications are increasingly concerned with computerized data classification and quantification, and their effect is to reduce the level of uncertainty in the interpretation of the evidence that time and chance have left. Any  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Doran; Frank Roy Hodson
ISBN: 0674554558 9780674554559 0852242506 9780852242506
OCLC Number: 1712103
Description: xi, 381 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Part one. Basic archaeological and mathematical tools. Introduction - What is mathematics? - Probability theory and statistical inference - Computers : what they can do and how they are used --
Part two. Data Analysis. The initial quantification of archaeological evidence - Measures of similarity and correlation - Automatic classification : taxonomy and typology - Other methods of multivariate analysis - Data analysis in archaeology: some examples --
Part three. Beyond data analysis: problems and prospects. Automatic seriation - Mathematical models and computer simulations - Computer-based archaeological data banks - The role of mathematics and the computer in archaeology - References - Index.
Responsibility: J.E. Doran and F.R. Hodson.

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"This book is for students and practitioners of archaeology. It offers an introductory survey of all the applications of mathematical and statistical techniques to their work. These applications are increasingly concerned with computerized data classification and quantification, and their effect is to reduce the level of uncertainty in the interpretation of the evidence that time and chance have left. Any archaeologist wanting to find out what these new methods have to offer has hitherto been forced to search for information in the specialist handbooks, conference proceedings, and review articles of his own, and very often of other, disciplines. This book brings together the information conveniently together, so far as it pertains to archaeology, and permits an assessment of its relevance and quality." -- Provided by publisher.

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