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Tag Archives: norm
[T]he point of introducing L^p spaces in the first place is … to exploit … Banach space. For instance, if one has ƒ − g = 0, one would like to conclude that ƒ = g. But because of the … Continue reading
The Hotness Scale
One example of a total ordering ≤ is the “hotness” scale from 1–10. Because of the widespread disagreement about the meaning of the numbers, the only thing one can infer based on a man’s rating of a woman is that … Continue reading
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Tagged attraction, boys, comparable, distance, geometry, girls, hotness, LGBTQ, liking, math, mathematics, maths, measures, metric, metric spaces, metrics, norm, norms, partially ordered set, partially ordered sets, poset, posets, quantification, sex, sex appeal, sexiness, size
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Unmeasurable Distances
I wrote earlier about the many different ways to measure distance. One way I didn’t include is unmeasurable distance. Sometimes A is tastier, sexier, cooler, more interesting, or otherwise better endowed than B … but it’s impossible to quantify by … Continue reading
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Tagged comparable, distance, economics, education, geometry, imagination, math, mathematics, maths, metric, metric spaces, metrics, norm, norms, philosophy, preference, preorder, rank, ranking, size, total order, unmeasurable distance, utility
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Circles
A circle is made up of points equidistant from the center. But what does “equidistant” mean? Measuring distance implies a value judgment — for example, that moving to the left is just the same as moving to the right, moving forward … Continue reading
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Tagged angle, circle, education, geometry, Henri Poincaré, imagination, long reads, Lp norm, L_p norm, math, mathematics, maths, metric, metric spaces, metrics, noncommutative, norm, norms, Poincaré disk, size
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Everybody knows that (referring to the sides of a right triangle). That formula tells you the straightline distance on a flat plane. Say I walked three blocks east in a gridstyle city and then four blocks north. Then I’ve traveled … Continue reading
The Jesus Norm
They say unto him, Rabbi, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, … they continued asking … Continue reading
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Tagged ancient, culpability, distance, ethics, female sexuality, gender, gender studies, history, insurance, Jesus, math, mathematics, maths, metric, morality, norm, repression, size, the law, tort, torts
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