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August 18, 2014

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4:02 PM | Educational value of deliberate mistakes
This recent story, Confuse Students to Help Them Learn, moved me to re-publish a post from my previous blog. The Economist (22 Sept 2007), of all journals, published a long obituary of a parrot, Alex the African Grey, who became an ex-parrot on 6 September 2007, aged 31. The last time Irene Pepperberg saw Alex […]
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3:28 PM | Some quick disorganzed tips on classroom teaching
Below are a bunch of little things I typically mention at some point when I’m teaching my class on how to teach. But my new approach is to minimize lecturing, and certainly not to waste students’ time by standing in front of a group of them, telling them things they could’ve read at their own […] The post Some quick disorganzed tips on classroom teaching appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:28 PM | ICM2014 — Hairer laudatio
I haven’t kept up anything like the frequency of posts at this ICM that I managed at the last one. There are at least three reasons for this. One is that I was in the middle of writing up a result, so I devoted some of my rare free moments to that. Another is that […]
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1:45 PM | Boyhood: one more note
I thought of one more small thing, concerning the last scene. People made fun of that last scene where they take shrooms and go hiking in Big Bend.  But I liked this last scene.  It captures that feeling that, on the one hand, the past is past, but on the other hand, the past is always […]
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1:30 PM | The four things I am really working on this semester
As we transition from summer back into the academic year, there are a lot of things to work on this fall, but four big ideas in particular are going to be a focus for my work this semester.
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1:00 PM | On deck this week
Mon: Some quick disorganzed tips on classroom teaching Tues: Stroopy names Wed: “A hard case for Mister P” Thurs: The field is a fractal Fri: Replication Wiki for economics Sat, Sun: As Chris Hedges would say: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:18 PM | Boston skyline (#3)
Filed under: pictures, Running, Travel, University life Tagged: Boston, JSM 2014, Massachusset, Sommerville, USA
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11:10 AM | What can be achieved by Data Science?
This is a guest post by Sophie Chou, who recently graduated from Columbia in Computer Science and is on her way to the MIT Media Lab. Crossposted on Sophie’s blog. “Data Science” is one of my least favorite tech buzzwords, second to probably “Big Data”, which in my opinion should be always printed followed by a […]
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1:34 AM | Art in the life of mathematicians
This book has been in the works for some years now, and I’m thrilled to finally have a demo copy to show you. The book will be published by the American Mathematical Society. The demo copy has been produced (impressively … Continue reading →
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August 17, 2014

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10:14 PM | a week at the lake (#3)
Filed under: Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel Tagged: canoe, deck, lake, Maine, Newfield, sunries
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6:30 PM | Time exchange rate
At some point in the past, computer time was more valuable than human time. The balance changed long ago. While everyone agrees that human time is more costly than computer time, it’s hard to appreciate just how much more costly. You can rent time on a virtual machine for around $0.05 per CPU-hour. You could […]
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5:06 PM | Bohemian gravity
Tim Blais, a McGill University physics student made this really great a capella version of "Bohemian Rhapsody", called "Bohemian Gravity", with physics lyrics explaining superstring theory, like "Manifolds must be Kahler!" (lyrics here).Another article on this.
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4:47 PM | Breuillard’s ICM talk: uniform expansion, Lehmer’s conjecture, tauhat
Emmanuel Breuillard is in Korea talking at the ICM; here’s his paper, a very beautiful survey of uniformity results for growth in groups, by himself and others, and of the many open questions that remain. He starts with the following lovely observation, which was apparently in a 2007 paper of his but which I was unaware […]
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3:29 PM | The time the cops pulled their guns on me
This post is not about science.I'm writing this because the horrific news out of Ferguson, Missouri—the killing of an unarmed man and the subsequent assault on the populace and media—has been bringing back memories an experience I had with the police ten years ago in Chicago.I should be clear about why I'm choosing to share this. It's not because I think my own problems are particularly deserving of attention in comparison to the violence done to Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and […]
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3:29 PM | The time the cops pulled their guns on me
This post is not about science.I'm writing this because the horrific news out of Ferguson, Missouri—the killing of an unarmed man and the subsequent assault on the populace and media—has been bringing back memories an experience I had with the police ten years ago in Chicago.I should be clear about why I'm choosing to share this. It's not because I think my own problems are particularly deserving of attention in comparison to the violence done to Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and […]
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1:45 PM | Notes on Boyhood
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is certainly the best movie I’ve seen this year, likely the best movie I’ll see this year.  But I don’t see a lot of movies.  After the spoiler bar, some notes on this one.  I meant to write this right after I saw it, but got busy, so no doubt I’ve forgotten some […]
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