This year again we use the longstanding predictions of a
meanshift (squared Stouffer Z) during 10 minutes surrounding
midnight, and a variance decrease with a minimum at
midnight. These two measures have been assessed for each New
Year since 19981999, a total of 10 years. The probability
for the squared Stouffer Z for this year is
nearly significant at p=0.0768, with Z=1.427. For the
Variance decrease, a comparison with the distribution of
10000 permutations of the data indicates a modest
probability of 0.138 and Z=1.088 for 20072008.
In addition to the
two figures above representing the results for the current
year, a composite
over the 10 years is also shown. The meanshift is
nonsignificantly negative, contrary to the original
prediction. The variance decrease prediction is supported
with a pvalue of 0.0258.
The following figure is an enlarged version of the 10year average of
the variance shown above, right.
