This is a sign of how the web has changed research. Today I was reading a paper that used a technique that goes by the name of “linear model of coregionalization”. No, I didn’t know what it was either. The paper didn’t explain it very well, but gave a reference … to a book.
Yes, one of those things (youngsters may wish to follow this link to know what I’m writing about). Not much use, when I’m sat at my computer is is, thought I. How am I meant to follow that reference up?
Fortunately, what technology taketh away, technology giveth. After I had vented my frustration, I used google to search (my elder readers may wish to follow this link to know what I’m writing about) for “linear model of coregionalization”. After a couple of false starts, I found a paper that described it well enough for my needs. So it turned out well in the end.
I guess in the olden days I would have written a book about this, or perhaps a Letter to the Editor.