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Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's a good Probability Theory textbook?
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

### Re: What's a good Probability Theory textbook?

If you like Bayes, the Bayesian Choice by Robert? Could be fun (note: some of the exercises are Hairy. With a capital H.)
Mon May 04, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Number of solutions to an equation?
Replies: 3
Views: 1916

### Re: Number of solutions to an equation?

Well you did answer my question - which is no. (If the answer'd been yes, then my question would be relevant to the problem at hand 8) ) Okay ... I'll try to reason geometrically. So far I've been going it algebraically, and what I have is that in the end, I can solve so that p = +/- \sqrt{f(q^2...
Mon May 04, 2009 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm going to do a statistical analysis
Replies: 2
Views: 531

### Re: I'm going to do a statistical analysis

Do # of google results for randomly selected dictionary words
Mon May 04, 2009 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Number of solutions to an equation?
Replies: 3
Views: 1916

### Number of solutions to an equation?

Hi, I'm wondering if there's a general method for determining the number of solutions to an equation? Let's stick with real numbers in 2 dimensions (to start with, at least). The particular problem (on a mock exam paper, so it's not HW) is that of finding the number of solutions of an intersection o...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?
Replies: 7
Views: 2910

### Re: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?

I am a first semester calc student and I have a basic idea of what discrete math is. I am also taking a class called theories of computation, which covers parts of discrete mathematics.

Hence I figured that the OP might enjoy a taster before diving into the vast and detailed depths of AoCP.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Unique and Complicated Sorting
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

### Re: Unique and Complicated Sorting

Darnit, you're right. I didn't think that through long enough.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99674

### Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

@lordlicorice

You should check out the Simon Peyton-Jones talk about Haskell. Even though it's stuff you probably already know if you've played with the language, hearing him explain about it just makes it seem .. easier.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99674

### Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

This is why it's so scary.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Unique and Complicated Sorting
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

### Re: Unique and Complicated Sorting

Actually, the "Shor's algorithm" quip might not be a bad idea. I think you might be able to design an extremely inefficient quantum bubble sort using repeated applications of Grover's search operator. Oooh, or you might be the first person to make the Deutsch-Josza Algorithm actually do an...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?
Replies: 7
Views: 2910

### Re: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?

That book is so damnably long . I vote with the others, read something else. Maybe a book on functional programming? You're a mathematician so it'll tickle you. Maybe an Intro to Complexity book? What about http://beust.com/algorithms.pdf ? This is the undergraduate "Algorithms" book from ...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Next Killer App?
Replies: 6
Views: 1384

### The Next Killer App?

What is it, do you think?

(If you are under NDA, please do break it and tell us! )
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99674

### Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

Really? Wow ... that's not how I found it at all. I thought the exercises were brilliantly placed and made it a lively and enjoyable book to work through. And the somewhat mysterious Haskell was part of the fun. My way was just to paste into the compiler and change random stuff to see what happens, ...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15280

### Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

Actually, we are limited by our ability to harness the digital domain. See my post above and also check out the "Blue Brain" project, which requires massive amounts of computational power to simulate a tiny volume of brain tissue. If we could build devices that take as much energy as a neu...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7736

### Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

I'm working my way through "Learning in Graphical Models" [ed. Michael Jordan] That's a fun one. A lot of it has already made its way into textbooks though. Bishop's PRML and Mackay's Inference both have much of that content in them, with much much nicer notation. David Barber has an onli...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7736

### Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

@stephentyrone Speaking as a mathematician, trying to read and understand 8-10 papers in a day is utter batshit insanity Sorry I must've been unclear. These aren't Math papers ... mostly machine learning / stats papers. I don't think I've ever actually read a math journal paper. Hahaha. (If you know...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Necessity of CS degree for a web career
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

### Re: Necessity of CS degree for a web career

Depends what you want to do. Say you want to work for e.g. Twitter coding back-end stuff: then yes, you should really take the CS engineering core. - You definitely need the OS course where you learn how things like caching and threads work. The OS course is really about how to write decent programs...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Old capitalization rules
Replies: 29
Views: 5206

### Re: Old capitalization rules

I did this once in a "creative writing" piece in English class - and they were all crossed out by my teacher (this is ages ago). He marked me off 10% for it. What a Jerk.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7736

### Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

So it's been a few months since I originally posted my desperate request to get better at math. Some things I've learned since then: 1) Unless I want to be a mathematician, I probably don't need to push myself through books on Analysis. This is good, because I don't have time to do that anyway. 2) I...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15280

### Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

(this is a really late reply).

True. Sorry if I was rude to a bunch of people who were talking about those
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7391

### Re: My progress thread

Hey don't stop posting! I'm amazed you've been so consistent. I gave you a lot of grief before, but you're really sticking to it. I've noticed your weight has dropped a little since your first post (237 -> 232) ... but I'm betting your body comp has changed. Do you take body fat measurements? If not...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

### Re: Kettlebells

Progress Report: Been away from this thread for a while ... I did my KBs almost every day for the last month. Yesterday I just made it to 400 reps of snatches in 30 mins (10 sets, 20/arm) - 1 pood. I think it's time to buy the 1.5 pood .. in the meantime, I'm going to try to make it to 600 reps in 3...
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Old capitalization rules
Replies: 29
Views: 5206

### Old capitalization rules

Hi, I've noticed in reading older texts in English (e.g. the US Constitution) that all kinds of words are capitalized other than proper nouns and sentence beginnings. Does anyone know what the rules were? I'd like to start writing that way ... it gives the writing that special biblical flair. Thanks!
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: US vs UK PhD ?
Replies: 0
Views: 531

### US vs UK PhD ?

Hi all, What are your opinions on the relative merits of technical (CS, EE, etc.) PhD programs in the UK vs the US? Specifically in terms of: - Research / supervision quality - Teaching experience - Academic job prospects (esp. for the UK PhD in US universities) Clearly the school and topic are a la...
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Scientists
Replies: 51
Views: 7289

### Re: Computer Scientists

So the OP was posting in praise of CS people ....

Hopefully the 70 odd posts about text editors, combined with various self-congratulatory "My editor/language/morning exercise routine is more difficult than yours" posts haven't changed his mind...
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15280

### Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

Sorry to post twice in a row, but I just re-read previous posts and got miffed by the people who said that neurons are actually quite simple computational devices. Neurons are not in any way simple computational devices. Their behavior is by no means fully characterized. Specifically, there is a goo...
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15280

### Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

I don't think anybody actually answered all the OP's questions in a succinct, simple format, so here goes: How does the brain work? :mrgreen: It remains an open question. Computational neuroscience provides us with some tantalizing theories. See e.g. izhikevich.com for a dynamical systems approach, ...
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99674

### Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

The Haskell Road to Logic, Math and Programming (http://fldit-www.cs.uni-dortmund.de/~peter/PS07/HR.pdf) is a really nice book (if that link doesn't work, google ... PDF copies are freely available online). A set of notes written by Mark Tarver called Logic, Proof and Computation: A Philosophical In...
Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99674

### Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

It's not a dumb question. But if you read the other replies in this thread, it's been answered.
Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7391

### Re: My progress thread

I think you're saying that if I do more exercise, I can have more unhealthy treats because I'll burn the calories exercising I'm saying that one bite of a treat is still a treat - and a bite of a treat after a solid workout gives you way more pleasure than a bite of a treat after sitting in a chair...
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

### Re: Kettlebells

Yeah most of it was delivery cost. I got another one made here in the UK by a guy called Stanley Pike, he's an RKC who happens to be a blacksmith as well (he has a site that sells K-bells). (http://www.intensefitness.net/) Those are somewhat cheaper (I picked mine up in person .. and prices seem to ...
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

### Re: Kettlebells

Oh, man ... no offense, but that thing doesn't look comfortable at all. In fact, it looks like it'd cause serious injury to its user. I don't know why, it just does. Maybe the lock will unlock? And isn't the handle too narrow? And the weird curvature - can you do high-rep snatches with that? Yikes. ...
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

### Re: Kettlebells

Haha I actually like his writing style .. not for a novel, but for a workout guide it's great. The jokes make me giggle. Russians are easy to spot, even if you dress them like Buckingham Palace guards. They are the white people who look seriously ticked off. I know you have failed. Here is a drill t...
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fasting and eating less in general.
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

### Re: Fasting and eating less in general.

Unlike most of the other posters here, I'm not going to make assumptions regarding your motivations or judge you to be in any kind of danger. I take your post as written - you are curious regarding fasting. A lot of people fast one day a week, often for religious or other personal reasons. It's espe...
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: iiii got a juuuuump rope! *singsong* POST YOUR PLAY-OUT!
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

### Re: iiii got a juuuuump rope! *singsong* POST YOUR PLAY-OUT!

Definitely martial arts. Like Judo - that one is great fun! Aikido looks fun too. All the ones where you tumble like a jester.

Skiing. Wicked.

Scuba Diving burns Lots of calories, esp. if the water's chilly. I wish I lived on a more southern island than the English one.
Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7391

### Re: My progress thread

OK ... well I'm sure you know best. I won't keep pushing. But your response to my post reads just like the other ones I was quoting. I was trying to highlight the mindset apparent in the posts but I guess I failed, so I'll just spell it out. (This is a long post, sorry - I can't do short ones :)) Th...
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7391

### Re: My progress thread

I'm just one more person weighing in on the side of commitment. The following is quite harsh. It's not a flame. It's to make you see the pattern in your posts that I am seeing. This is going from the idea that your stated goal is to lose weight, preferably soon. The diet did go out of the window ove...
Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

### Re: Kettlebells

Heh .. part of my family is Turkish. They've seen me use the kettlebell, and they're pretty sure that nobody in Turkey gets up that way. So maybe Pavel just invented it .

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Do you have a link or more info about the Rite of Passage program? I wanna go too.
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Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28459

### Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Shorinji Kempo = super spiritual. There's even 10 minutes set aside each (2hr) class for "philosophy discussion.", and about 5 minutes for zen meditation. The dojo kun says that we are grateful to be endowed with our souls from Dharma. On the plus side, because there's a dedicated 10 minut...
Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Replies: 7
Views: 1228