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What is "poorly constrained"?

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posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 10:48 AM
I have found this term about earthquakes and I don't understand what it means or how can be defined in one phrase.

I tried to give a definition:

Poorly constrained is an earthquake with the hypocenter ≥ epicenter a shallow earthquake where Pp-P=0 if P=S with a high area of spreading of the seismic waves that is creating multiple points of in depth location.

and USGS

earthquake.usgs.gov...

posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 10:55 AM

Poorly constrained in this case means that the multiple measured points are not confined to one particular location, and they can't really determine the exact epicenter.

I think.
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posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Originally posted by WoodSpirit

Poorly constrained in this case means that the multiple measured points are not confined to one particular location, and they can't really determine the exact epicenter.

I think.
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It can be I don't know

posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:07 AM

It can't be much else, now can it?

con·strain (kn-strn) tr.v. con·strained, con·strain·ing, con·strains
1. To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige: felt constrained to object. See Synonyms at force.
2. To keep within close bounds; confine: a life that had been constrained by habit to the same few activities and friends.
3. To inhibit or restrain; hold back: "Failing to control the growth of international debt will also constrain living standards" (Ronald Brownstein).
4. To produce in a forced or inhibited manner.

2. To keep within close bounds; confine:

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posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:11 AM

It cant be much else can it?
Oh yes,very complicated with these earthquakes.

posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Semantics and reading comprehension are pretty tough too.

Sometimes when depth is poorly constrained by available seismic data, the location program will set the depth at a fixed value.

When their measurements are poorly constrained, they are not bound to one location but all over the place, and they can't determine the exact depth.

It's really quite obvious what it means.

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posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:35 AM

When their measurements are poorly constrained, they are not bound to one location but all over the place, and they can't determine the exact depth.
I thought there are and other parameters involved.

Semantics and reading comprehension are pretty tough too.
That is why I asked this question about what a "poorly constrained" earthquake is.

Thank you for you kind answer and explanation.

posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 12:22 PM

In English it means "We have not got a blooming clue" but yes what the others have said is right - the depth, or whatever measurement cannot be accurately determined from the data to a reasonable degree of accuracy.

The USGS says:

Sometimes when depth is poorly constrained by available seismic data, the location program will set the depth at a fixed value. For example, 33 km is often used as a default depth for earthquakes determined to be shallow, but whose depth is not satisfactorily determined by the data, whereas default depths of 5 or 10 km are often used in mid-continental areas and on mid-ocean ridges since earthquakes in these areas are usually shallower than 33 km.

Emphasis by me.

posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 12:29 PM

In English it means "We have not got a blooming clue" but yes what the others have said is right - the depth, or whatever measurement cannot be accurately determined from the data to a reasonable degree of accuracy.
Oh, you mean like 'Um, we don't really know'.

I never thought of that.

Very interesting explanation and thank you for it.

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