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by deconvoluted
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.)
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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 ...
by deconvoluted
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! 8) )
by deconvoluted
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, ...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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 :)
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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!
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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, ...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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 ...
by deconvoluted
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. ...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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.
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
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 :P .

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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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by deconvoluted
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...
by deconvoluted
Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Advice Please?
Replies: 7
Views: 1228

Re: Advice Please?

Have you ever tried Judo? There is a lot of pairwork in that sport that builds strength. Warm-ups are often fireman carries of someone back and forth across the dojo, duck-walking, wheel-barrows (up stairs! that's fun). Otherwise, jtw's advice is right on. Check out (you can find it on torrents) The...
by deconvoluted
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Kettlebells
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

Re: Kettlebells

I've never tried doing 100 snatches in one go ... I've always done sets of 20. For me, doing 20 snatches in a row is tiring enough. I will try 100, now that you suggest it. I'm sorry. I don't want to be the guy who says the thing I want to say. I hope you realize that from now on this conversation w...

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