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Individual Operator Contributions in Large Data Base Anomalies Experiments

Dunne, B.J., Nelson, R.D., Dobyns, Y.H., & Jahn, R.G.

 The distributions of anomalous effects across all participants in the three primary PEAR experimental programs have been examined by a variety of statistical criteria. Data assembled from 87 independent series of the microelectronic Random Event Generator (REG) experiments, 87 macroscopic Random Mechanical Cascade (RMC) experiments, and 336 Precognitive Remote Perception (PRP) experiments show that effects typically vary little within individual experimental series, that the most prolific operators display mid-range effect sizes, and that the means of all operator effects are normally distributed. Effect sizes in equally weighted subsets, comprising the operators' first efforts only, are similar to those in the overall concatenations, as are effect sizes in subsets excluding the most prolific operators. All of these findings indicate that the overall anomalous results devolve from a statistical cumulation of small contributions from many individuals, rather than from any exceptional individual performances.
Publisher Information:Princeton, NJ: Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, July 1988. [Technical Note PEAR 88002] 7 figs; 15 refs; 1 table
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