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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

Mike Godfrey

SWAG, University of Waterloo

• 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)

• 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

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

• Emergent Applications for

Rabbit-oriented Services

• aka EARS

• PETA (People for Empirical Testing of Animals)

• 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

• 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.

• Can we reliably identify a bunny?

• False positives:

• False negatives:

• Hawks

• Foxes