Geostatistics SoSe 2015

Remember I mentioned homeworks?

Yes, they exist! How are they going to work? I am going to try to explain now.

Very likely you remember, the course has 2 hours of preparation and 2 hours of post-lecture homework. You have to earn you credits. So I am giving homework and I am making you learn other things along the way; otherwise you are not going to be able to download the data or submit your homework ;-). Say I am pushing your limits to make you learn Latex, Git, R, etc. during your “free” time.

Ok, but how this is going to work?

I downloaded data from different papers and I am going to ask you to analyze these data and write the following two paragraphs:

  • A Materials and Methods paragraph describing what you did.

  • A Results paragraph describing what you found.

You are going to write that using Latex and I am going to compile the .tex files you are going to upload to the Geostatistics repository using Git.

This means that you need to install and get familiar with these two systems.

So I am going to give you a brief intro to them and point you to material you will have to read to actually get things going (this is part of your pre-lecture preparation duties). This should not take you more than two hours, so don’t worry.

How to Latex

Latex is a typesetting system. Is not a What You See is What You Get (WYSWYG) text processor but a system designed to produced publication ready documents from plain text files. Is a markup language, which means that it looks strange at the beginning but it produces very nice results with relatively little effort.

A Latex file looks something like this (modified from here): \documentclass{article} \title{Geostatistics homework 1} \author{Sergio Vargas} \date{April 2015} \begin{document} \maketitle %this will print the title here, and comments start with % Oh God! we get to use latex in this course! \end{document}

When you compile this text file using Latex a .dvi file will be produced and you can convert this to .pdf or .ps. You can create pdfs directly using pdftex. Anyway, there are lots of things you can do with latex.

Quoting the latex website: “LaTeX is the de facto standard