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August 22, 2014

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1:58 PM | Approaching balance in an academic life
"Work-life balance" is an important and yet contentious idea in academia. Everyone wants it, but it seems hard to find. Balance can be had in academia, but it takes intentionality.
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1:49 PM | ICM2014 — Ian Agol plenary lecture
On the second day of the congress I hauled myself out of bed in time, I hoped, to have a shower and find some breakfast before the first plenary lecture of the congress started at 9am. The previous day in the evening I had chanced upon a large underground shopping mall directly underneath the conference […]
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1:25 PM | Replication Wiki for economics
Jan Hoeffler of the University of Gottingen writes: I have been working on a replication project funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking during the last two years and read several of your blog posts that touched the topic. We developed a wiki website that serves as a database of empirical studies, the availability […] The post Replication Wiki for economics appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:30 PM | What Is the Goal of a Math History Class?
I’ll be teaching a math history class for the first time this semester. I’m excited to be teaching it, but I’ve noticed that preparing for this class has been very different from preparing for other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:19 AM | Jeff Larson kills it at the Lede Program
So, Jeff Larson from ProPublica came yesterday to talk to us at the Lede Program, and damn that guy is awesome. First, he showed us his work with the ProPublica Message Machine, where they first crowdsourced, then reverse engineered Obama’s political targeting algorithm. Turns out they used decision trees for that, so we got to talk about […]
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7:30 AM | Eroici aggiornamenti
Avendo voglia di provare una rinnovata funzionalità di embed.ly, che potrebbe essere utile anche per l'aspetto dei link post, vi segnalo i miei ultimi articoli per LSB (ovviamente, se volete, potete utilizzare il post sia per commentare la funzionalità, sia per commentare le recensioni!): Dampyr #173 - Il segno di Alastor (Boselli, Maroto) | BreVisioni su Lo Spazio BiancoBatman #27: Città Oscura, prima parte | Recensioni su Lo Spazio BiancoSuperman: The men of tomorrow, […]
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7:26 AM | L. A. Paul on transformative experience and decision theory II
In the first part of this post, I considered the challenge to decision theory from what L. A. Paul calls epistemically transformative experiences.  In this post, I'd like to turn to another challenge to standard decision theory that Paul considers.  This is the challenge from what she calls personally transformative experiences.  Unlike an epistemically transformative experience, a personally transformative experience need not teach you anything new, but it does change you in […]
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6:16 AM | Circle packings with small area
The second of my papers for this year's Graph Drawing symposium is now online: "Balanced Circle Packings for Planar Graphs", arXiv:1408.4902, with Jawaherul Alam, Mike Goodrich, Stephen Kobourov, and Sergey Pupyrev. It's about finding circle packings (interior-disjoint circles whose tangencies form a given graph) where the radii are all within a polynomial factor of each other. Or equivalently, if one normalizes the packing to make the smallest circles have unit radius, then the area of the […]
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3:35 AM | The 1979 Houston Astros hit only 49 home runs
49 home runs! That’s nuts. They hit more triples than home runs. Their home run leader was Jose Cruz, who hit 9. In September they went 20 straight games without hitting a home run, the longest such streak in modern baseball. And that was after they went 15 games without hitting a rome run in […]

August 21, 2014

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10:14 PM | the god delusion [statistically speaking]
While in Bangalore, I spotted Richard Dawkins’ The God delusion in the [fantastic if chaotic] campus bookstore and bought the Indian edition for a nominal amount.  I read most of it during my week in Boston. And finished by the lake in Maine. While I agree with most of the points made in Dawkins’ book […]
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7:46 PM | Large gaps between consecutive prime numbers
Kevin Ford, Ben Green, Sergei Konyagin, and myself have just posted to the arXiv our preprint “Large gaps between consecutive prime numbers“. This paper concerns the “opposite” problem to that considered by the recently concluded Polymath8 project, which was concerned with very small values of the prime gap . Here, we wish to consider the […]
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6:49 PM | Astroboy: Black Looks
Se vi fosse al mondo un unico e solo luogo ove riposare e trovare pace, quel luogo sarebbe, per ciascuno di noi, sulle ginocchia della propria madre.Bellissima: mistero, azione, gag, suspance. Il tema del razzismo. Il tema della perdita. La ricerca delle proprie radici. La ricerca delle risposte alle proprie domande, ai dubbi della vita. La risposta al dolore con altrettanto dolore e violenza, con l'intolleranza verso chi si percepisce diverso.Black Looks, infatti, consente a Tezuka di […]
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5:18 PM | a week at the lake (#5)
Filed under: Kids, Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel
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1:33 PM | When the story IS the interaction with the public
Here at the Lede Program we’ve been getting lots of different perspectives on what data journalism is and what it could be. As usual I will oversimplify for the sake of clarity, and apologies in advance to anyone I might offend. The old school version of data journalism, which is called computer assisted reporting, maintains […]
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1:03 PM | The field is a fractal
In a blog comment, Winston Lin points to this quote from Bill Thurston: There is a real joy in doing mathematics, in learning ways of thinking that explain and organize and simplify. One can feel this joy discovering new mathematics, rediscovering old mathematics, learning a way of thinking from a person or text, or finding […] The post The field is a fractal appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:04 AM | 4th Day in Stuttgart and Financial Math
As I have already told you in the post 3rd Day in Stuttgart and Cryptography, we had some of the financial math in the same day as Cryptography, but we also had another day especially dedicated to this subject and I … Continue reading →

August 20, 2014

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11:54 PM | Holy Crap, Do You Know What A Compact Ring Is?
Every compact ring is totally disconnected.
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10:14 PM | To Susie [by Kerrie Mengersen]
[Here is a poem written by my friend Kerrie for the last ISBA cabaret in Cancun, to Susie who could not make it to a Valencia meeting for the first time... Along with a picture of Susie, Alicia and Jennifer taking part in another ISBA cabaret in Knossos, Crete, in 2000.] This is a parody […]
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8:50 PM | Astroboy: Il gatto rosso e altre storie
Il gatto rossoLa prima reazione di uno straniero alla Tokyio del duemila è di stupore di fronte a una strana metropoli che mescola alla rinfusa la civiltà progredita del ventunesimo secolo con le antichità del ventesimo.Passeggiando per Musashino non devi scegliere che strada percorrere. Puoi essere pago del percorrere senza meta le sue vie che ti condurranno in luoghi singolari e se per caso chiedi indicazioni a un passante non te la prendere se questi risponderà […]
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8:23 PM | (Matilde Lalin) Attending conferences with small children
[This guest post is authored by Matilde Lalin, an Associate Professor in the Département de mathématiques et de statistique at the Université de Montréal.  I have lightly edited the text, mostly by adding some HTML formatting. -T.] Mathematicians (and likely other academics!) with small children face some unique challenges when traveling to conferences and workshops. The goal […]
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8:12 PM | Benson Farb’s ICM talk
One of the things I’ve been spending a lot of time on mathematically is problems around representation stability and “FI-modules,” joint with Tom Church, Benson Farb, and Rohit Nagpal.  Benson just talked about this stuff at the ICM, and here it is: In the latest stable representation theory news, Andy Putman and (new Wisconsin assistant professor!) Steven […]
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6:20 PM | Mas de Martin Ecce Vino
Filed under: Wines
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1:04 PM | “A hard case for Mister P”
Kevin Van Horn sent me an email with the above title (ok, he wrote MRP, but it’s the same idea) and the following content: I’m working on a problem that at first seemed like a clear case where multilevel modeling would be useful. As I’ve dug into it I’ve found that it doesn’t quite fit […] The post “A hard case for Mister P” appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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11:15 AM | Nafeez Ahmed to join Alt Banking this Sunday
I am super excited to announce that best-selling British author Nafeez Ahmed will be speaking at the Alt Banking group this Sunday. The title of his talk is Mass Surveillance and the Crisis of Civilization: The inevitable collapse of the old paradigm and the potential for the rise of the new. Ahmed is an international security […]
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10:30 AM | ICM2014 — Khot laudatio
After McMullen’s laudatio on Mirzakhani, it was time for Sanjeev Arora to talk about the work of the Nevanlinna prize winner Subhash Khot. It was also the time that a significant proportion of the audience decided that enough was enough and left the room. The same thing happened in Hyderabad four years ago, and on […]

August 19, 2014

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10:14 PM | hasta luego, Susie!
I just heard that our dear, dear friend Susie Bayarri passed away early this morning, on August 19, in Valencià, Spain… I had known Susie for many, many years, our first meeting being in Purdue in 1987, and we shared many, many great times during simultaneous visits to Purdue University and Cornell University in the […]
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8:11 PM | The solar efficiency of Superman
by @ulaulaman http://t.co/WGbVdfv0nk about #Superman #physics and #solar #energy In the last saga of the JLA by Grant Morrison, World War III, Superman, leaping against the bomb inside Mageddon says: The way in which Superman gets the powers, or the way in which them is explained, however, is changed over time. Following Action Comics #1, the debut of the character, Jerry Siegel, combining genetics and evolution, says that on his planet of origin the physical structure of the inhabitants had […]
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4:26 PM | Down to a science
Seth Juarez quipped in an interview that when people say they’ve got something “down to a science,” they probably don’t mean what they’re saying. Science is making guesses and testing to see whether they’re right.   Related post: Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy
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1:36 PM | Stroopy names
Baby Name Wizard is all over this one. And this all makes me wonder: is there a psychology researcher somewhere with a dog named Stroopy? Probably so. P.S. I just made the mistake of googling “Stroopy.” Don’t do it. I was referring to this. The post Stroopy names appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:18 PM | a week at the lake (#4)
Filed under: Kids, Mountains, pictures, Travel Tagged: lake, Maine, Porter, sunset, USA, White Mountains
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