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Recently, Mark Dominus wrote about trying to memorize all the prime numbers under . This is a cool idea, but it made me start thinking about alternative: instead of memorizing primes, could we memorize a procedure for determining whether a … Continue reading →...
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Woops. I just realized the title of this series changed from “Year of Mystery Novels” to “Year of Mysteries” at Part 5. Sorry. I try to keep this consistent for searching purposes. The main point of this series was to examine the mystery novel genre. There are people that read a few a week. There’s … Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 8: The Last Plac...
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Recently I talked with Ehsan Hoque, one of the authors of the ACM Future of Computing Academy report that suggested "Peer reviewers should require that papers and proposals rigorously consider all reasonable broader impacts, both positive and negative." which I had satirized last May. Ehsan said that "if email had sender authentication built in from the beginning then we wouldn't have the phi...
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 Scott Aaronson recently won the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics (yeah Scott!). In his post (here) about it he makes a passing comment:I'm of course not a physicist I won't disagree (does that mean I agree? Darn Logic!) but it raises the question of how we identify ourselves. How to answer the question: Is X a Y? (We will also consider why we care, if we do.) Some criteria below. Note that...
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Kaiser Fung (Principal Analytics Prep; Numbersense) gives an example from the credit card industry of predicting invariables: because the outcomes are invariable, the performance of predictive analytics is likely to be much better than average....
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Kaiser Fung (Principal Analytics Prep, Numbersense) delves into the math behind GPS route optimizers, revealing their biases and the fairness problem inherent in algorithms....
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, This is the continuation of the last post on Chapter 5 of John Adams's excellent book on Risk. In the previous post, I discussed the problems of measurement that undermines the mathematical theory of risk. This post focuses on the particularly compelling example of traffic black spots, which reveals some risks in the statistical interpretation of risk data. *** What Adams said: Parts of the [roa...
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Hey, no one told me that baby name analysis was back in fashion.…Tags: Heather, names, Quartz...
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xkcd tells it like it is.…Tags: curves, humor, xkcd...
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Before you can form a set of steps to visualize data, you need to know the components of a chart that you can separate. Like making an outline for an essay, you look for sections that make sense rather than define how many periods and question marks you need to show. Once you can form that data graphics outline, that complex visualization project doesn't seem so daunting.Tags: components...
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