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navigation

(nav'ĭ-gā'shŭn),
The act of charting the course of a ship or other vehicle, or of guiding or directing anything in a comparable way.
[L. navigatio, fr. navigo, to guide a ship, fr. navis, ship, + ago, to lead]

navigation

(năv″ĭ-gā′shŭn) [L. navigatio, voyage]
1. Determining, calculating, and guiding an action in which an object, e.g., a catheter or a surgical instrument, is directed to a particular anatomic position, typically with radiological guidance..
2. The ability to direct one's movements through space, i.e., through both familiar and new environments.

navigation

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orientation

a process of direction-finding. Many animals are capable of navigation particularly those performing long MIGRATIONS. Birds are now known to find their way home (see HOMING).by means of the sun and stars, in addition to landmarks. Bees, and other ARTHROPODS, use the pattern of polarized light in the sky (from which they deduce the direction of the sun) and other organisms may use chemical gradients to trace a route. For example, salmon find their specific river for breeding purposes by following a scent in from the sea.
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The rationale of this approach is that the dead reckoning position is accurate over short distances but drifts as the distance increases.
The performance of the proposed dead reckoning system can be improved by combining it with a proper absolute positioning method.
[16] Hyoung-Ki Lee, Kiwan Choi, Jiyoung Park, Yeon-Ho Kim, SeokWon Bang, "Improvement of dead reckoning accuracy of a mobile robot by slip detection and compensation using multiple model approach," Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2008.
There was only one 'invading force' in East Pakistan in 1971 that was India." (Sarmila Bose Dead Reckoning: Memories of 1971 Bangladesh War Page 163)
Dead Reckoning. As previously mentioned, the main goal of network compensation methods is to minimize the perceived influence of adverse network conditions on the player.
Consequently, when we navigate without reference to landmarks (or logs in the water) we are navigating by "Precise Calculation" for which many of us use the ancient term, "Dead Reckoning."
The primary text is Richard Saferstein's Criminalistics; supporting materials include The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes, Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers, Discovery Channel's Forensics Files, and A&E's Cold Case Files.
"You have got your GPS information on OnStar and you've got your wheel-spinning rates and yaws and all the other information you get from Stabilitrak and we take those two pieces of information and we put the mathematical algorithms together that not only tell you where the car is, but gives you dead reckoning insight on where its headed.
In theory, an INS would allow AUVs to navigate via dead reckoning over longer distances between beacons.
Dead Reckoning: Tales of the Great Explorers 1800--1900 edited by Helen Whybrow WW Norton and Company, hb, pp576, 13.99 [pounds sterling]
One such system is the patented Dead Reckoning Module from Point Research in California.
He examines how the process of natural selection has resulted in ants that set their courses by dead reckoning, homing pigeons with built-in compasses, and bats that use sonar.