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# Category Archives: Mathematics

## Necks are absolutely essential

Because without them, I would’ve forgotten my head somewhere by now. But probably wouldn’t have even realized it yet. This week has been a whirlwind. My collaborators and I are trying to get a research paper out (or, at least, … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Graduate School, Mathematics, Programming, Real Life, The Lady
Tagged brute force search, combinatorics fail, i wonder if the nsa has zettabyte storage, mawage is what bwings us togethah, n choose k, powerset, python, scatterbrained, strugglebug, yes i could have used a python generator thank you captain useless input, zettabyte
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## GP: A new way to track running progress

And by “GP”, I of course mean guinea pigs! Ok fine: it actually means a statistical method called a Gaussian Process. By placing fairly strong assumptions on the form of the data, you can do lots of useful things like extrapolate … Continue reading

Posted in Exercise, lolcat, Mathematics, Programming, Running
Tagged as opposed to nonparametric statistics, garmin connect, gaussian processes, github, guinea pigs own, guinea pigs!!!, linear regression, one should probably not run while programming, parametric statistics, python, running and programming ftw, scikit-learn
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## The standard deviation of the standard deviation is my friend?

I made a rather startling discovery in my research the other day. I was looking for a better way of filtering out pixels in the videos I was analyzing; picking an arbitrary constant to set the threshold didn’t seem to … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Graduate School, lolcat, Mathematics, Programming
Tagged adaptive threshold, gamma distribution, gaussian distribution, grumpy cat is my friend, i imagine smirnov was always sober, if grumpy cat had any friends, kolmogorov-smirnov, mean, median, normal = gaussian, normal distribution, pixels, standard deviation, video
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## Secession Petitions

If you follow the site We the People, or any online news outlets, you’ve probably noticed the latest flurry of petitions from states across the Union. They all share a common theme: Peacefully grant the State of [STATE] to withdraw … Continue reading

## As I lay failing at research…

…I’ll blog about it! In the interest of fully pointless disclosure: I’m trying to find a signal in this data for my research and utterly failing. Here’s a hint of what I’m up to: Needless to say, I’m stuck, so … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Blogging, Graduate School, Mathematics, Programming, Running, Technology, The Lady, Travel
Tagged blog about it, colorado, florida, garmin, github, gps, i'll blog so bad about it, kernel regression, kernel smoothing, linear regression, marathon training, pairwise distances, philadelphia marathon, publish or die, regression, ronon virtual cluster, scikit-learn, yeah i'm still working on getting unpacked
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## A week of scripting

Before I launch into today’s rendition of “How I Spent A Week Doing Something Essential To My Research That Someone In Industry Could Have Done In 5 Minutes”, I wanted to remark on how, lately, this post has been seeing … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Graduate School, lolcat, Mathematics, Programming, The Lady, Travel
Tagged canvas, derivatives, drupal, drupal module, explosions, ffmpeg, github ftw, html5, html5 canvas, javascript, javascript is the devil, loud noises, more like multi-dimensional bs am i rite, morocco, multi-dimensional surfaces, oh god it's evolution, onward to morocco, optimization, particle swarm optimization, python, socks proxies will come in handy, transcoding video formats really sucks, why not call it flock of geese optimization, zencoder, zerg rush, zerg swarm
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## Monday, February 13, 2012

7:29am: …asdfjk; whaa? What time is…WHY IS IT 7:30 IN THE MORNING. WHY DID MY 6am ALARMS NOT GO OFF. Oh, I turned them all off; I must have been “woken up” by the first one, shut the rest of them … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Daily, Graduate School, lolcat, Mathematics, Programming, The Lady
Tagged apache mahout, asserting marathons cause adverse effects is parroting bad science, autoregressive models, bst3, cmu, cmu@qatar, ira flatow, kernel panic, lolcats, mahout, morocco, physical therapy, qatar, relevant to my interests, rodney mckay, science friday, sleeping in, stargate, stargate atlantis, the underlings, valentine's day
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## The art of giving presentations

Some people have a gift (the 1%: OCCUPY THEM) for public speaking. I don’t mean public speaking involving empirically-devoid yet emotionally-inspiring rhetoric, factually dubious assertions, and irrelevant argumentation, but rather: the speaking that usually involves a strict adherence to the … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Graduate School, lolcat, Mathematics, Real Life
Tagged autoregressive models, capstone, computer science, critique, images over text, journal club, keep it simple stupid, linear algebra, neil degrasse tyson, oh god look at all that text, powerpoint, son i am disappoint, the chakra lab, you're doing it wrong
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## Not quite according to plan

I’ve spent the better part of the last few hours reinstalling my Ubuntu virtual machine from scratch after completely botching my previous install’s configuration. How? I was attempting to get Python 2.5 up and running with a few custom packages, … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Blogging, Graduate School, i ken make living plz, Internet, lolcat, Mathematics, Programming, Technology
Tagged 20000 visits, cronjob, first-order markov model, hidden markov model, hmm, humor, love me some probabilistic spam, machine learning, probability, public timeline, sampling, twitter, twitterbot, ubuntu kicked my ass, we're men in tights
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## Let me spell it out for you

Alright, fellow exercisers, I’ve had it. Allow me to tell you how to properly use these wonderful swimsuit dryers with which CMU has graciously decided to outfit our locker rooms. You put your suit in, and you hold the top … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, random, Technology
Tagged centrifugal force, centrifuge, distribution, exponential decay, gonna have to break out my rubber hose, learn to use the damn equipment, oh those polar water molecules, polar bears != polar bonds, rant, snow leopard install fail, statistics, swimsuit
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