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Science in action

Armed with a deep appreciation of HE funding and after literally minutes of research, I unveil my new formula:

C = Chance a university unveils a populist formula

APP = Applicants per place
OS = number of overseas students
RG = number of research grants university already has
SSF = student shortfall
D = debt of university
XP = ex-polytechnic
UD = time to UKAS deadline

C= (SSF-OS)/APP + D/UD + 3XP/RG

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mattmachell
Apr. 30th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
Arf! So true.
whollyrandom
Apr. 30th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
But what if XP=0?
gbsteve
Apr. 30th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
That's taken into account. I used* a stepwise non-linear regression with a non-cannonical link to produce the coefficients. My research indicated** the paucity of research money flowing to ex-polys.

My assumptions have been fully tested with all the data that was available to me at the time and the methodology used* optimises the coefficients to produce what I see as being the best formulation of the issue.


*as in "didn't bother to but could have used"
** as in "might have indicated if I'd done any"
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