During the public ceremonies for Princess Diana, the data taken in 12 independent recordings at various locations in Europe and the United States compounded to a significant result indicating an anomalous global effect which would occur by chance only about once in 100 repetitions of an experiment of this nature. For one of the 12 datasets (recorded by the first author), concurrent notes and index entries allowed a more detailed analysis of the time from 10:38 to 12:59, including all of the service at Westminster Abbey and some of the cortege and recessional. The result was independently significant, with Chisquare = 28.196, 16 degrees of freedom, and a probability of 0.030. The most striking deviation occurred during the data segment corresponding to the invocation and recitation of the Lord's Prayer.
Table I shows the results for each of the 12 separate databases, indicating the location, the persons responsible, and the
type of random event generator, followed by the number of trials, the Chisquare, its degrees of freedom, and the associated probability. The last line of the table shows the composite chisquare and probability for all 12 datasets.
Table I: Princess Diana, 12 Datasets Location  Operator  Source*  NTrials  Chisq  df  pvalue 
Princeton 
RN 
MicroREG 1 
28438 
7.417 
4 
0.115 
Princeton 
YD 
MicroREG 2 
28362 
3.948 
4 
0.413 
Princeton 
AL 
MicroREG 3 
28462 
12.900 
4 
0.012 
Princeton 
Cont. 
PortREG 6 
26330 
6.698 
4 
0.153 
Freiburg 
HB, EB 
PortREG 24 
27976 
5.386 
4 
0.250 
Freiburg 
HB, EB 
PortREG 26 
27976 
7.694 
4 
0.104 
Florida 
GS, LR 
PortREG 34 
27978 
0.993 
4 
0.911 
Chicago 
JW 
PortREG 36 
27980 
6.387 
4 
0.172 
Giessen 
JH 
PortREG 20 
77 
3.527 
4 
0.474 
Giessen 
JH 
PortREG 21 
77 
3.537 
4 
0.472 
Giessen 
JH 
FREMM 
775 
6.369 
4 
0.173 
Las Vegas 
DR 
FREMM 
3829 
7.612 
4 
0.107 

Total 



72.468 
48 
0.013 
* Random sources include two independent designs for random event generators from the PEAR lab, the PortREG and MicroREG, and a third independent design (FREMM) by Dick Bierman and Joop Houtkooper of Amsterdam.
Figure 1 shows the accumulating chisquare over the 12 independent recordings during the ceremonies for Princess Diana, compared with its expectation and with a curve describing the locus of a significant deviation (p = 0.05) as the database grows. Because most of the individual Chisquare increments are larger than the expected value defined by the degrees of freedom, the cumulative curve takes on a definite trend culminating in a probability of 0.013.
Figure 1: Cumulative squared deviation, or Chisquare, of the 12 independent recordings of data during the funeral ceremonies for Princess Diana. Each Chisquare has four degrees of freedom, and the cumulative trend is compared against expectation and against a 95% confidence envelope. See text for more detail.
The near coincidence of the funeral of Mother Teresa with that of Diana led to another FieldREG recording for this occasion, with essentially the same procedures. All but one of the contributors were able to provide data, and 11 independent records were obtained. Information available for specifying the active segments was less detailed, and in this case only two segments were defined, although the total time was similar for both funerals. As detailed in Table II, the results in this case show little indication of an anomalous effect, and the composite outcome is indistinguishable from chance.
Table II: Mother Teresa, 10 Datasets Location  Operator  Source*  NTrials  Chisq  df  pvalue 
Princeton 
RN 
MicroREG1 
26808 
0.074 
2 
0.964 
Princeton 
YD 
MicroREG2 
26701 
1.919 
2 
0.383 
Princeton 
AL 
MicroREG3 
26824 
0.015 
2 
0.992 
Princeton 
Cont. 
PortREG6 
24814 
2.630 
2 
0.268 
Freiburg 
HB, EB 
PortREG24 
26364 
3.314 
2 
0.191 
Freiburg 
HB, EB 
PortREG26 
26365 
0.120 
2 
0.942 
Tucson 
GS, LR 
PortREG34 
26367 
2.003 
2 
0.367 
Giessen 
JH 
PortREG20 
72 
1.461 
2 
0.482 
Giessen 
JH 
PortREG21 
72 
4.010 
2 
0.135 
Giessen 
JH 
FREMM 
720 
2.696 
2 
0.260 
Las Vegas 
DR 
FREMM 
3609 
0.743 
2 
0.690 

Total 



19.004 
22 
0.645 
Figure 2 shows the accumulating chisquare over the 11 independent recordings at the ceremonies for Mother Teresa, using the same format as in Figure 1. In this case, the accumulating Chisquare values do not take on a trend relative to expectation.
Figure 2: Cumulative squared deviation, or Chisquare, of the 11 independent recordings of data during the funeral ceremonies for Mother Teresa. Each Chisquare has two degrees of freedom, and the cumulative trend is compared against expectation and against a 95% confidence envelope. See text for more detail.