Some Examples of Shape Analysis

  • Christopher G. Small
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In this chapter, we shall consider in greater detail some examples that were first mentioned in Chapter 1. While the Land’s End data of Chapter 5 were accessible to analysis largely by shape theory alone, most spatial data sets contain scale and orientation information that should not be ignored. In many cases, a shape analysis is performed in order to find the relationship between size and shape. This is of interest in growth allometry, as was mentioned in Chapter 1. However, the relationship between size and shape is of interest more generally, as is evident in the dinosaur footprints example described in Section 6.2 below.


Poisson Process Froude Number Stride Length Shape Analysis Geodesic Distance 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher G. Small
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  1. 1.Department of Statistics and Actuarial ScienceUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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