Tag Archives: temperature

Climate Statistics

httpness: (studying statistics) Can there be a different standard deviation up and down? isomorphisms: Yes. it’s called a semideviation. (Or a quasinorm.) There are a lot of people who argue that semideviations and quasinorms are more natural than standard deviation … Continue reading

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More Quasimetrics

A list of quasimetrics from real life: one-way street temperature preferences ratchet running distance around the track magnitude downside risk in a financial portfolio Facebook EdgeRank progress time I love you, but you like me back. Ouch. (“He loves me … Continue reading

Why Fahrenheit is Better than Celsius

Astute reader wargut responded to yesterday’s observation about the Fahrenheit scale being affine-ish with the following incorrect assertion: Seriously, guys, your system is bullsh~t. It’s on. First, the Kelvin scale is indisputably the best of {K,℉,℃} for physics. Given that there … Continue reading

What’s half of 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

Hint: it’s not 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 100 ℉ = 311 K, half of which is 105.5 K = −180℉ Yup — half of 100℉ is −180℉. The difference between the Kelvin scale ℝ⁺ and the Fahrenheit scale is like the difference between a linear scale and … Continue reading

More Quasimetrics

A list of quasimetrics from real life: one-way street temperature preferences ratchet running distance around the track magnitude downside risk in a financial portfolio Facebook EdgeRank progress DNA sequences time arXiv papers on quasimetrics (to read): The Geodesic Problem in … Continue reading