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  • Finite Element Method

    I'm wondering if Finite Element Method (FEM) could be used in genography. It's used for example in flow problems and weather simulations. Could it also be used in modelling human migrations (flow of humans) in pre-historic times? I mean, I don't see much difference between predicting the unknown future and predicting the unknown past.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method

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    Eki, a good person to ask would probably be Ken Knordtvedt who posts over on the Rootsweb DNA list. I believe he's a mathematician. I struggled with trig.

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      I think the Discrete Element Method could suit better for the job, since people are more like sand than like air:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrete_element_method

      "discrete element method (DEM) is a family of numerical methods for computing the motion of a large number of particles like molecules or grains of sand. The method was originally applied by Cundall in 1971 to problems in rock mechanics. The theoretical basis of the method was detailed by Williams, Hocking, and Mustoe in 1985 who showed that DEM could be viewed as a generalized finite element method. "

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