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The Tornado Project

R-based Open Source Analysis of Tornado Data

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The goal of this project is to bring consistency and transparency to the analyses of publicly available Tornado data using an R-based analysis. The idea is to replicate the results from literature studies of relevance. By doing so, not only are these studies validated but also errors, if any, are found. Moreover, one could build on the foundation laid by this project to explore new theories. The initial focus is on probabilistic and stochastic analysis of the tornado hazard towards risk modeling.


Tornado data available from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center and other government agencies around the world has been the focus of many studies (e.g., see select literature). However, there are a number of issues with the culture of publishing only the end result of a scientific analysis:


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