Archive for March, 2014

If the U.S. Navy was involved in finding the missing Malaysian plane they’d be using Bayesian search techniques

Search Efforts + MapBox Reference Layer + Watermask + Satellite

 Map of the search area from Mapbox, as of yesterday, with the footprints of the available data from major satellite providers


17 March 2014 – Benedict Carey reports in the New York Times that the uncertainties surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance are enormous, but naval strategists have been unraveling lost-at-sea mysteries as far back as the U-boat battles of World War II, and perhaps most dramatically in 1968, when an intelligence team found the submarine Scorpion, which sank in the North Atlantic after losing contact under equally baffling circumstances. “The same approach we used with Scorpion could be applied in this case and should be,” says John P. Craven who helped pioneer the use of Bayesian search techniques to locate objects lost at sea. “But you need to begin with the right people.” The approach is a kind of crowdsourcing, but not one in which volunteers pored over satellite images, like they have in search of Flight 370. “That effort is akin to good Samaritans combing a forest for a lost child without knowing for … Read more