Foundations of Science

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 353–361

A Nonlinear Method for Measuring the Effects of Environmental Variations



Ever wonder if it is possible to construct a numeric scale for environmental variables, like one does for the temperature? This paper is an attempt to construct one. There are two main parts: section “Statistical Analysis of Variations” presents a general statistical strategy for environmental factor selection. Section “Nonlinear Analytical Geometric Model of Variations” develops an analytical geometric representation of system variations in response to environmental changes. The model is used to quantify the effects of environmental interactions. The paper treats only one-dimensional case, however, the derivation of the case of multiple independent factors follows immediately. The general method developed in this paper may prove applicable to many different fields, such as extensions beyond classical physics, economics, and other sciences. Section “Conclusion” provides an illustration of applications, examples and implications of the results.


Statistical analysis of environmental variations Nonlinear scale of measurements Quantitative research Financial forecasting Nonverbal cognition 


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  1. 1.BostonUSA

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