Walk Like an Egyptian Woman

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A Feel for Kampala

With two weeks in Kampala under my belt, I’ve begun to recover from my initial culture shock and acclimate to daily life in a developing metropolis. For this previously-uninitiated Westerner, that has required a great deal of compromise and a budding tolerance for boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) on Kampala’s perpetually gridlocked, street sign-less roads. In this time, I’ve begun my work with Transparency International Uganda (TI-U), where I am working to visualize and interpret the spatial data in their “Action for Transparency” program, as well as assist my co-workers in gaining familiarity with geospatial data and tools to increase their internal technical capacity.

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Interpretation of Phase Imaging

I’ve been using Atomic Force Spectroscopy for over half a year now. And among the past 6 months I spent most of my time with contact mode. But now I prefer tapping mode because contrast in phase images almost always amazes me.

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Interviews, Recordings, Transcriptions, Oh My!!

While in the community, MANOS members and I will be conducting SNA interviews. The purpose of these interviews is to examine interpersonal communication connections that exist in the community: it allows us to understand who is talking to whom. Later this information will analyzed using a program called Ucinet and we will be provided with a visual representation which will resemble a web and will have the interpersonal connections that exist in the community. This can then be compared to a previous analysis to determine if any changes in communication have occurred.

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Progress

I’ve created a regression for converting dbh to height and it’s working pretty well. One issue with it is that when I combine the data for young trees (which were measured in height) and bigger trees (which I converted), there is very little variance among the heights of larger trees; the conversion has served as a smoother of the data. This makes a regression for growth fit much more nicely, but unfortunately also creates an uneven distribution of residuals. I have attached a variance to the conversion to add some variance among its outputs, but there is still a skew in the residuals. I am currently looking into implications this may have.

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