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# STATISTICAL ADJUSTMENT AND ANALYSIS OF DATA

## Olubodun O. Ayeni, Ph.D.

Professor of Surveying,
Department of Surveying,
University of Lagos,
Lagos, Nigeria.

CONTENTS
Preface..........................................................................................Page
Acknowledgements...........................................................................xii
PART I...............................................................................................xvi

CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

1.1

1.2

## Brief Historical Developments.....................................................

Exercise 1....................................................................................

CHAPTER 2

MATRICES

2.1

Definitions...................................................................................

2.2

2.3

Matrix Multiplication....................................................................
2.31 Laws of Multiplication........................................................

2.4

## Transportation with Matrix Addition and Multiplication................

2.5

Derivative of a Matrix..................................................................

2.6

Determinants..............................................................................
2.61 Definition...........................................................................
2.62 Properties of Determinants................................................
2.63 Rank of a Matrix................................................................

2.7

## The Adjoint of a Square Matrix....................................................

2.71 Definition...........................................................................

2.8

## Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors....................................................

2.81 Definitions.........................................................................
2.82 Theorems on Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors......................

2.9

Inverse of a Matrix......................................................................
2.91 Singular and non-singular Matrices....................................
2.92 Theorems on Inverse of a Matrix.......................................

## 2.10 Generalized Inverse of a Matrix...................................................

2.101

Definitions................................................................

2.102

## 2.11 The Trace of a Matrix...................................................................

2.12 Special Matrices..........................................................................
2.121

## Positive Semidefinitive matrix..................................

2.122

Non-negative Matrix.................................................

2.123

## Characteristics of non-negative Matrix.....................

2.124

Similar Matrices.......................................................

2.125

Periodic Matrices......................................................
Exercise 2.................................................................

CHAPTER 3
3.1

## SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS

Introduction................................................................................
3.11 Existence of a solution.......................................................
3.12 Matrix Inversion and solution.............................................
of system of linear equations............................................

3.2

3.3

Cramer's Rule..............................................................................

3.4

Elementary Operations...............................................................

3.5

Gaussian Elimination...................................................................

3.6

Gauss-Jordan Method..................................................................

3.7

Matrix Partitioning.......................................................................

3.8

Bordering Method.......................................................................

3.9

3.101

3.111

3.121

## Matrix Approach to Overrelaxation Method..............

3.14 Convergence of Interative Method..............................................
Exercise 3
4.1

Introduction

4.2

## Basic statistical Concepts............................................................

4.3

4.21

Summarising Data...................................................

4.211

Frequency Distribution.............................................

4.212

Grouped Distribution................................................

4.213

Continuous Distribution............................................

4.22

Measures of Dispersion............................................

4.221

4.222

## Variance of Continuous Distribution.........................

4.23

Measures of Correlation...........................................

Propagation of Errors...................................................................
4.31

Observational Errors.......................................

4.32

Laws of Expectation........................................

4.33

4.331

4.332

Taylors

Series

Expansion

for

non-linear

function
4.333

## 4.34 Law of Propagation of Convariance Matrices.....................

4.35 Weight Matrix of Observations...........................................
4.4

## Maximum and Minimum Problem.......................................

Exercise 4..........................................................................

PART II
CHAPTER 5

## METHOD OF OBSERVATION EQUATIONS

5.1

Introduction................................................................................

5.2

5.3

5.4

## Non-linear Mathematical Model...................................................

5.5

5.51 Sequential Approach..........................................................
5.52 Generalization of Sequential Formulas..............................

5.6

5.7

## Error Ellipse and Error Ellipsoid....................................................

Exercise 5....................................................................................

CHAPTER 6

## METHOD OF CONDITION EQUATIONS

6.1

Introduction................................................................................

6.2

Non-linear Model.........................................................................

6.3

Partitioned Model........................................................................

6.4

6.5

## Pope's Pitfall for non-linear Model...............................................

Exercise 6....................................................................................

CHAPTER 7

## COMBINATION OF OBSERVATION EQUATIONS AND

CONDITION EQUATIONS
7.1

Mixed Model................................................................................

7.2

7.21 Sequential Approach..........................................................

7.3

7.4

## Pope's Pitfall for non-linear Model.............................................

Exercise 7....................................................................................

PART III
CHAPTER 8

8.1

8.2

## Combination of Observation and Condition Equations................

with functional Constraints..........................................................

8.3

8.4

## Weight Constraints on the Parameters of the Mixed Model.........

Exercise 8....................................................................................

CHAPTER 9

9.1

Introduction................................................................................

9.2

## Least Squares Collocation...........................................................

9.21 Stepwise Collocation..........................................................
Exercise 9....................................................................................

PART IV
CHAPTER 10

10.11

10.12

10.13

## 10.2 Student distribution....................................................................

10.3 Chi-squared Distribution..............................................................
10.4 F Distribution..............................................................................
Exercise 10

CHAPTER 11

UNIVARIATE

INTERVAL

ESTIMATION

AND

HYPOTHESIS TESTING
11.1 Introduction................................................................................
11.2 Univariate Interval Estimation.....................................................
11.21

11.22

11.23

## Interval Estimation of difference between two

means......................................................................

11.24

11.25

## 11.3 UNIVARIATE HYPOTHESIS TESTING

11.31

Testing

of

hypothesis

on

the

mean:

Single

Population................................................................
11.32

11.33

## Test of hypotheses on the mean: Three or more

Populations (ANOVA one-way)..................................
11.331 Orthogonal Contrast.....................................

11.34

## ANOVA two-way Classification..................................

11.341 ANOVA two-way with repeated observations

11.35

Test

of

hypothesis

on

the

variance:

Single

Population................................................................
11.36

11.37

## Test of hypothesis on the variance: Three or more

Populations..............................................................

11.38

Goodness of fit.........................................................
Exercise 11...............................................................

CHAPTER 12

MULTIVARIATE

INTERVAL

ESTIMATION

AND

HYPOTHESIS TESTING
12.1 Multivariate Confidence Interval.................................................
T
V PV

12.11

12.12

## Interval Estimation and the Distribution of the Ratio

of two

12.13

T
V PVs

1.

2.......................................................

## 12.2 Multivariate Hypothesis Testing...................................................

T
V PV

12.21

Hypothesis Testing on

12.22

## Equality of Mean Vectors..........................................

12.221

3.................................

## Testing Hypothesis that the Mean Vector is

Equal to a Given Vector..................................

12.222

## Testing Hypothesis on the Equality of Two

Mean Vectors..................................................
12.23

12.24

## Test for Homogeneity of Convariance Matrices........

Exercise 12...............................................................

PART IV
CHAPTER 13

13.21

13.22

## 13.3 Adjustment of Trilateration Network............................................

13.4 Adjustment of Triangulation Network with Measured angles and
Distances....................................................................................
13.41

13.42

13.51

13.512

## Traverse Adjustment by Observation Equations with

Constraints...............................................................

13.53

Discussion of Results................................................

13.61

13.62

## Resection by observation Equations with weight

constraints...............................................................

13.63

## 13.7 Calibration of EDM Instrument....................................................

13.8 Adjustment of a level network.....................................................
13.81

Condition Equations.................................................

13.82

Observation Equations.............................................

## 13.9 Relative weights..........................................................................

Exercise 13..................................................................................

CHAPTER 14

APPLICATION IN PHOTOGRAMMETRY

14.1 Introduction................................................................................
14.2 Perspective Centre Determination...............................................
14.21

Affine Transformation...............................................

14.22

## Straight line Condition Method.................................

14.3

Relative Orientation...........................................................
14.31

14.311

## Numerical Relative Orientation.......................

14.312

Numerical

Relative

Orientation

using

element..........................................................
14.32

## Analytical Relative Orientation.................................

14.321

Collinearity Equations...........................

14.322

Coplanarity Equations...........................

14.4

Absolute Orientation..........................................................

14.5

14.6

14.7

14.8

14.9

14.10

14.11

## Post Block Aerial Survey (PBAS).........................................

14.12

Simultaneous

of

Photogrammetric

and

GeodeticObservation (SAPGO)...........................................
Exercise 14

Table A1:

Table A2:

Table A3:

Table A4:

## Appendix B Glossary of Symbols and Summary of Least Squares formulas

(Chapters 5-9).............................................................................
Biblography.................................................................................
Index...........................................................................................

PREFACE
This book is intended primarily to provide a text on adjustment
computations

and

statistical

data

analysis,

suitable

for

nature

## undergraduate as well as Master's Students in Geodesy, Surveying and

Photogrammetry in Universities, Polytechnical and Colleges of Technology.
Ph.D students in these and related disciplines will also find it useful as an
introductory text. The book also offers a variety of tools in least squares
and statistical necessary for investigative research in some aspects of
chemical, physical, biological and engineering sciences. This book should
also be a valuable companion to geodesists, surveyors, photogrammetrist,
engineers,

geologists,

chemists,

physicists,

and

biologists

in

their

professional practice.
The derivations of important results in the method least squares
presented in this book are based on matrix algebra. Chapter two on
matrices provides the necessary background to these derivations. It is the
author's belief that analytical methods are best handled by matrix algebra
if the advantages of digital computers are to be maximised. Another
advantage of matrix approach is its conciseness which enables the student
to understand what is happening at every stage of derivation or
computations procedure.
A survey of both iterative and direct methods for solving linear
systems of equations is presented in chapter 3. One of the traditional
procedures of least squares method is the formation of system of linear
equations (normal equations) by minimizing the sum of squares of residuals
(or weighted residuals). If one is faced with a large system of normal
equations their solution becomes a formidable crucial in terms of speed,
accuracy, cost and storage requirements on the computer. Chapter 3
provides a variety of alternative methods for solving normal systems of
equations.
Chapter four briefly reviews four important aspects of adjustment
calculus - basic concepts, error propagation, Taylor's series expansion and

## minimization by Lagrange's multipliers. Chapter four together with the

previous ones form part 1 of this book and may be regarded as the
mathematical and statistical background necessary for understanding
matrix approach to least squares methods. The student who is faithful to
the exercise given at the end of Chapter 2,3 and 4 will be well prepared to
handle the enormous computational efforts involved in solving problems by
the method of least with matrices.
Part two of this book treats the three classical methods of least
squares - the method of observation equations, the method of condition
equations and a combination of observation and condition equations in
Chapter 5,6 and 7 respectively. The sequential approach as it relates to
these chapters.
Part three explores some modification of these standard methods.
Chapter 8, for example, deals with the introduction of functional and weight
constraints in lease squares. A brief review of lease squares collocation is
presented in chapter 9.
Part four consists of a review of statistical distribution) Chapter 10) as
well as a brief outline of parametric statistical tests in Chapter 11
(unvariate) and Chapter 12 (multivariate). These tests will be found
extremely useful in post-adjustment data analyses.
Part five is devoted to specific applications in Geodetic surveying
(Chapter 13) and photogrammetry (Chapter 14). Although attention is
focussed on Geodetic as well as photogrammetric applications in these last
two chapters one of the main objectives of this book is to demonstrate the
practical applications of least squares a principles in solving a variety of
problems which cut across disciplines. Examples in Chapter 5,6,7,8 and 9
are therefore not restricted to any particular discipline.
Students will find the exercises which follow each chapter, very
crucial in grasping some of the theoretical concepts. Supplementary
exercises are designed primarily to serve as a training in computer
programming. The fortran IV computer programs used in this book are not
included in the text so as to keep the cost of publication at a reasonable
level. A solution manual which is now in preparation will incorporate a
listing of these computer programs.

## It not possible within the constraints of time, space and economy to

illustrate with examples each method of least squares discussed in this
book. The book therefore contains a bibliography of work done by various
authors whose experience will enrich the knowledge of readers looking for

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The authors wishes to express his sincere appreciation to various
individuals and organizations who have contributed directly or indirectly to
this book. Special thanks are due to Dr. F.A. Fajemirokun and Dr. F.O.A.
Egberongbe of Lagos University who reviewed the manuscript and made
several suggestions. The author is particularly grateful to Prof. G. Obenson
also of Lagos University who first instructed him on the subject of least
squares and who gave him the initial encouragement when the idea of this
book was proposed. The author is also equally indebted to Prof. U. Uotila of
the Ohio State University who taught him many profound concepts in least
squares theory. Special appreciation is also expressed for the inspiration
received from other professors at Ohio State who taught the author various
applications of least squares principles, Prof. R. Rapp, Prof. I. Muller, Prof.
D.C. Merchant and Prof. S.K. Ghosh (now of Laval University). Grateful
thanks are also due to Prof. J.S. Rustagi, the author's statistics teacher at
Ohio State.
Some of the examples and exercise in this book are based on
laboratory assignments given to students at Ohio State and at Lagos
University. Sincere appreciation must therefore be expressed for the
knowledge gained from my laboratory instructors at Ohio State - Dr. (Major)
Spinski and Dr. Rampal. Credit must also be given to my student at Lagos
University particularly Messrs Owolabi (P.G. Student), Oyinloye and Olaleye
inspiration from the published work of several authors too numerous to
mention. Special mention must however be made of the following: Mr. G.W.
Schut of National Research Council, Canada, Prof. P.R. Wolf of the University
of Winsconsin, Prof. E.M. Mikhail of Uurdue University, Prof. F. Ackerman of
Stuttard University, Profs, Karara and K.W. Wong of the University or Illinois,
Late Prof. H. Thompson of University College, London, Prof. W. Faig of the
University of Washington of Newsbrunswick, Prof. S.A. Veress of the
University of Washington Seatle, Prof. K. Tolgard of the Royal Institute of
Technology, Stockolm, Mr. Duane Brown, Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State
University, Prof. A.J. Bradenberger of Laval University, Quebee, and Prof.

## D.M.J. Fubara of the University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt.

The author also wishes to express his gratitude to Miss Okparaocha
and Mrs. Ibajesomo for their dedication and perseverance in typing the
manuscript. Finally, special recognition is due to the author's wife, Esther
and children, Tayo, Kunle, Dupe and Tumi who is spite of their suffering due
to neglect on my part, sustained and encouraged me throughout the
preparation of this book.
Olubodun O. Ayeni
1981

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION
1.1

## Principles of Least Squares Method

It is generally accepted that the precision of a measurement may be

## improved by increasing the number of observations. The redundant

observations arising therefore however create a number of problems. For
example discrepancies may occur between repeated observations since
each observation has a certain amount of insecurity (precision) attached to
it. Such discrepancies therefore have to be reconciled (adjusted) so as to
obtain the most satisfactory" (most probable or adjusted) values of
unknown quantities. In another situation, redundant observations may lead
to redundant but consistence equations in which there are more equations
than unknown quantities. There is therefore the need to obtain not only the
most probable values of unknown quantities but also to find a unique
solution for these quantities. The method of least squares may be defined
as a method which makes use of a redundant observations in the
mathematical modelling of a given problem with a view to minimizing the
sum of squares of discrepancies between the observations and their most
probable (adjusted) values subject to the prevailing mathematical model.
The discrepancies between the observations and their most probable
values are known as residuals. The need for a least squares adjustment
therefore arises from superfluous observations and it aims at minimizing
the sum of squares of residuals in order to obtain the "best" estimate or
the most probable values of unknown quantities.
It is important at the onset to be familiar with the properties of the
method of least squares which may be stated as follows. (See section 5.3
for the proofs of these properties)
1.

## Least squares estimate is the best in the same that it is a

minimum variance estimate

2.

3.

## The method of least squares gives a unique solution and

* Sample mean is the average of a sample taken from a population (see section
4.2)

4.

## The sample mean*, as a least squares estimate will now be used to

illustrate these least squares properties.
Consider a sample of n independent observations of a single quantity
x. The problem is to find a sample mean which has the above least squares
properties. In other words, we are looking for a sample mean

4 which has

n
V i2 =
i=1

n
V i2 6
i=1

may be found by

## equating to zero its partial derivatives with respect to

V
i = 1
x

2
i

n
=

i = 1

(x - x
x

n
= 2

( xi - x ) = 0
i = 1

therefore
n

2
i

xi

n
n x

=
i

1
n

xi
1

(1)

xi
1

Equation (1) is the familiar formula for computing a sample mean. The
above derivation proves that the sample means minimizes the sum of
squares of residual Vi which is the minimum variance property. The sample
mean is therefore the best estimate of the population means ().
The sample mean ( x 10) is an unbiased estimate of the population
* Sample mean is the average of a sample taken from a population (see section
4.2)

E(x) =

mean () if
(2)

equal to .
From eqn. (1)
E(

x )=

E(

i = 1
=

xi
i = 1

E(
i = 1

1
n

1
n

1
n

xi

xi

## is obvious from the derivation

since there exists only one possible solution to the partials leading to eqn.
(1). It is important to note that no form of statistical distribution is imposed
on the observation

## squares estimate is therefore independent of any restrictions on the

distribution of the observations. Hamilton [1964] has pointed out that the
only assumption made is that the observations are drawn from populations
with finite second moments. It is sometimes erroneously stated in some
textbooks that the principles of least squares depend on the fact that the
residuals or observations should be normally distributed. If the normality
assumption is necessary for least squares it will constitute a serious draw
back on its applications to a variety of problems since there is in most cases
no statistical method for testing whether the observations are normally
distributed. The truth is that the least squares estimate is distribution-free.
It should however, be borne in mind that the principles of maximum
likelihood estimate leads to the same result if the normality assumption is
imposed on the observations. It is important also to know that post-least
squares adjustment analyses of data may require the application of
* Sample mean is the average of a sample taken from a population (see section
4.2)

classical statistical tests which in most cases are based on the properties of
normal distribution in order to obtain, statistically speaking, valid results.
1.2

## Legendre [1806] in relationship to the problem of estimation of the orbits of

Comets. Karl Friederich Gauss was however said to have the same principle
since 1795 at the age of 18, in connection with the calculations of the orbits
of planets from telescopic measurements, Wells and Krakiwsky [1971]. The
first publication of Gauss [1809] established a sound statistical basis for the
theory of least squares. A series of important results on the theory of least
squares, such as Gaussian unbiased estimation for the variance of
residuals, were published in his subseqent publications, Gauss [1810, 1821,
1963]
In 1812 Laplace [1812] applied some important results derived from
his work on the theory of probabilities to the method of least squares. In
1859 Chebyshev [1859] while developing his Chebyshev Polynomials and
mini-max theory investigated the use of these polynomials in least squares
method for interpolation. Markov [1898] also made a notable contribution
in relation to theory of estimation of parameters in mathematical statistics.
Helmert's [1907] application of least squares in astronomy and geology is
noteworthy; so also is the geometrical presentation of least squares
method by Kolmogorov [1946].
Tienstra [1956] showed how least squares problem could be solved in
phases" (parts). This has lead to the development of the sequential
approach which was further advanced by Schmid [1968], Richardus [1966],
Uotila [1967] and Krakisky [1968]. It should be noted that the flexibility of
the method of least squares, manifested in sequential procedures for
addition of observations or parameters, is due to the introduction of matrix
approach popularised by Uotila [1967] and Hirvonen [1971].
Kalman [1960] introduced a new concept (Kalman Filter) in least
* Sample mean is the average of a sample taken from a population (see section
4.2)

squares which allows the "state vector" (vector of parameters) to vary with
time. Karup [1969] and Motitz [1972] developed the method of least
squares collocation which permits the introduction of two random
components in the observations - the signal and the noise (residuals).
Bjerhammer [1973] has developed a completely generalised model for
least squares of which Kalman filter and collocation may be regarded as
special cases. Krakiwsky [1975] has published a synthesis of recent
advances in the method of least squares includes a review of Kalman
filtering,

Bayes

filtering,

Trienstra

phase,

sequential

approach

and

collocation.

EXERCISE 1
1.

2.

3.

4.

## Define the following terminologies: adjusted observations, most

probable value, adjusted parameters, residuals, accuracy, precision,
minimum variance property, and unbiased estimate

5.

## What do you mean by least square is a distribution - free estimate?

What is the relationship between a least squares estimate and a
maximum likelihood estimate?

* Sample mean is the average of a sample taken from a population (see section
4.2)