Postby **Gary_Hurd** » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:22 am UTC

My doctorate is in anthropology. I have publications in medicine, geochemistry, zoology, as well as archaeology and social anthropology.

I had undergrad calculus, statistics and probability, and individual undergrad courses in regression analysis, finite analysis, and scaling. My graduate math courses were in algebra (mostly group&category theory), and topology (graph theory). I taught statistics for several years. Some of my publications/abstracts included 'mathy' topics;

1982 "Clinical Implications of Some Graph Centrality Measures," Hurd, G. S, Bonney Jennings. Sun Belt Social Network Conference, Tampa, Fl. February.

1982 "Adjacency Matrix Density and Consensus," Hurd, G. S., Kathy Hammond. Sun Belt Social Network Conference, Tampa, Fl. February.

1990 "The Application of Deridrich Tessellation to Social Network Analysis," G. S. Hurd, David Koisumi. Tenth Annual Sunbelt Social Network Conference, San Diego.

So, I would guess I understand a little math.

Your example made no sense to me at all.

My best guess would be either a repeated, or iterated function called "volume" on some range of ?real? numbers. I suppose you could say that "volume sub 3" (for example) was something like ("volume(volume(volume(object)))) U ("volume(volume(object))) U (volume(object)) if it was repeated (and group theoretic). (Is "group theoretic" like a groupie)?

I think I saw something like this once in an industrial chemistry paper. The problem was to model the production rate of a product as the amount of the reactants declined. They were using huge vats, so the probability that the reactants could "find" one another was greatly lowered as they were used up. If I recall, practical answer to the problem was to either agitate the fuck out of the vat, or use some continuous flow system with tiny reaction volumes and eliminate vats all together.

So, what in the hell does your experssion mean to you?

Third edited to add, the notion of "chemical product" sparked a lonely neuron to remember by loose association that your Pi notation could just have meant a repeated "product." But what might "volume (1)" times "volume (2)" mean exactly?