September 24, 2014

7:46 PM | Posts from HLF
Here are the blog posts I’ve written so far for the Heidelberg Laureate Form blog: Mathematics and art restoration Mental cryptography What is smoothed analysis? Studying algorithms to study problems Cheap transistors, expensive wires An xkcd-style poster Two thirds of a million dollar prize?
7:22 PM | TechFest
As I said in a previous post (this one: Lucy (2014) ) I did a week as a Festival Assistant at the beginning of September at TechFest in Aberdeen.  Firstly, you need to know that TechFest is Aberdeen and the North-East Scotland’s annual … Continue reading →
7:04 PM | A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then Satan said, “Put the alphabet in... -- Read more on
1:14 PM | Study published in 2011, followed by successful replication in 2003 [sic]
This one is like shooting fish in a barrel but sometimes the job just has to be done. . . . The paper is by Daryl Bem, Patrizio Tressoldi, Thomas Rabeyron, and Michael Duggan, it’s called “Feeling the Future: A Meta-Analysis of 90 Experiments on the Anomalous Anticipation of Random Future Events,” and it begins […] The post Study published in 2011, followed by successful replication in 2003 [sic] appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
12:18 PM | snapshot from Vienna (#3)
Filed under: pictures, Travel Tagged: Austria, Baroque architecture, Franz Joseph I, Habsburgs, Schönbrunn palace, Unesco World Heritage List, Vienna
12:05 PM | Proof maintenance
Leslie Lamport coined the phrase “proof maintenance” to describe the process of producing variations of a proof over time. It’s well known that software needs to be maintained; most of the work on a program occurs after it is “finished.” Proof maintenance is common as well, but it is usually very informal. Proofs of any […]

September 23, 2014

10:14 PM | a weird beamer feature…
As I was preparing my slides for my third year undergraduate stat course, I got a weird error that got a search on the Web to unravel: which was related with a fragile environment but not directly the verbatim part: the reason for the bug was that the \end{frame} command did not have a line […]
10:14 PM | Statistics second slides
This is the next chapter of my Statistics course, definitely more standard, with some notions on statistical models, limit theorems, and exponential families. In the first class, I recalled the convergence notions with no proof but counterexamples and spend some time on a slide not included here, borrowed from Chris Holmes’ talk last Friday on […]
6:57 PM | The Magic of Algebra
The power of algebra lies in abstraction, and abstraction is basically forgetting. By retracing the History of algebra from its roots to more recent advancements, this article unveils the numerous breakthrough in our understanding of the world, by abusing of the power of forgetting.
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