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Infinite Data

Since people liked my last opinion piece on #big data, here’s another one. Imagine there was a technology that allowed me to record the position of every atom in a small room, thereby generating some ridiculous amount of data (Avogadro’s … Continue reading

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by lembarrasduchoix: Notepad.txt – (open it) This is the raw data of notepad.exe opened in Notepad itself. …. The text appears exactly as it did upon importing the exe. It is completely unedited, I just took pictures of my favorite bits. … … Continue reading

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icardbig> averaging averages of averages to find a fixed point of a function linear combinations of electrical signals, polynomials, waveforms, or vectors in LISP/code> linear combination is (* scalar (+ vector vector)) computer science = magic, not done on computers … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between leaving carbon progeny behind you and silicon progeny behind you? … [W]hat makes you feel that a planet teeming with sexually created successors would constitute a more valid extension of ‘we’-ness than a planet teeming with … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with OKCupid’s Matching Algorithm

OKCupid is using the wrong mathematics to match potential dates together. But before I critique them, let me compliment them on what they’re doing right: “Our” mutual score is the geometric average of your score of me, and my score … Continue reading

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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying. I can say from my experience teaching … Continue reading

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