I use probability summation
to model the way information
is sampled from different
areas of a fingerprint –
but so far I’ve had no revelation…
For those of you who’ve read my last post: Yes, I am still stuck! I’ve found tonnes of different solutions to the problem, but also issues with each of these. My supervisors and friends keep telling me that this is the nature of research that pushes the boundaries: No one has gone that way before, so you have to make your own way at times – and it might lead you around in circles and you might have to retrace your steps, but at some point you will eventually find your way out of that jungle.
While I do appreciate this advice, it doesn’t exactly help that the deadline for my probation review report (see here for a great summary of what that involves) is looming, and I need to hand in a piece of writing in which I make sense of what I’ve done so far and what I intend to do for the next few years.
Having just about hit a wall in the frustration about my results section, I recalled something a colleague of mine in Aberdeen said. Joe MacInnes, now an associate professor at the HSE in Moscow, suggested something along the lines of: “If you can summarise your research in the form of a limerick, then you really know what it is you’re trying to do”. (He even jokingly suggested changing grant applications to limerick format, which would make the whole process way more fun – This needs to happen!). Well, within a few minutes of remembering this I came up with the lines at the top of this post (I realise different and fingerprint don’t really rhyme but, hey, what can you do?). And while this hasn’t helped me find a solution for my model, it did make me smile and helped me step back from what I’ve written and focus on different sections of my report. So, thanks Joe 🙂
In other news, Francisco and I will be presenting posters at the International Forensics Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management in Washington DC in two weeks! I’m taking an extra week off to explore nearby New York – and I’m superexcited, as I’ve never been across the Atlantic before! Watch this space for travel updates!
As you can see I’m almost prepared
Proof of my hardcore gardening skills
Looking forward to: New York, Washington; first international poster presentation; seeing my friend Heather after 3 years 🙂
Listening to: Mano Negra, Macaco, Ligabue
Reading: Sherlock Holmes Collection; way too much on Signal Detection Theory