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No, because - as we went over at considerable length in the thread above - a t-test with Gaussian uncertainties requires that the uncertainties are uniform, which they manifestly are not.

If you must insist on treating these three points as independent - which I can see little justification for doing, but maybe that's just me - you do a (casualties, indictments, convictions) plot and run a linear fit against all three points in a given series at the same time. This way you get some more meaningful (implicit) assumptions about the way the uncertainties look.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 07:54:52 AM EST
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