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Empirical Investigation: A UVic-inspired Proposal. Mike Godfrey SWAG, University of Waterloo. The initial exploration. Try this: Time yourself walking around the windowed area in this building. Count the number of rabbits you see Calculate: # bunnies / time = MTBB

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## Empirical Investigation: A UVic-inspired Proposal

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**Empirical Investigation:A UVic-inspired Proposal**Mike Godfrey SWAG, University of Waterloo**The initial exploration**• Try this: • Time yourself walking around the windowed area in this building. • Count the number of rabbits you see • Calculate: # bunnies / time =MTBB (Mean time between bunnies)**Terminology issues**• Need to establish common working vocabulary to avoid confusion e.g, What does density mean?**What is the density of rabbits at Uvic?**• Experiment #1: • For a given patch of Uvic land • Count the bunnies seen • Bunnies move quickly, may need to issue each with a RFID (Rabbit Fur Identifier) • Tagging may also work [Storey 06 (to appear)] • Measure area of patch • Perform appropriate math • Ask a grad student if unsure**What is the density of rabbits at Uvic?**• Experiment #2: • Grab several bunnies • Measure the volume of each • Then immerse in water, and weigh the displacement of water • The EUREKA project [Archimedes -215] • Remove bunnies from water OR YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS REPLICATING THE RESULTS**What is the density of rabbits at Uvic?**• Experiment #3: • Grab several bunnies • Given them each an IQ test • Compare to average UVic undergrad as a baseline • Hire the best as RAs**A new CSER project!**• Emergent Applications for Rabbit-oriented Services • aka EARS • Sponsor: • PETA (People for Empirical Testing of Animals)**Why rabbits are appropriate for CSER**• Rabbits are good at replication! • Rabbits already have a custom protocol for network communication • They convert incoming data into small packages for redistribution • AKA pellet switching • Industry has good experience with rabbit consolidation • e.g., Schneider’s meats • Rabbits can be converted into soft wear**Is this a good empirical study?**• What about the Heisenberg effect? • Does the act of observing bunnies interfere with their presence? • Perhaps they like being observed. • Does the act of observing and counting bunnies interfere with career path of a computer science professor? • Perhaps they will be put on medical leave.**Threats to validity**• Can we reliably identify a bunny? • False positives:**Threats to validity**• False negatives:**Threats to bunnies**• Hawks • Foxes • Hungry grad students • Perhaps we can explicitly provision for them in the next round of CSER applications if NSERC approves

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