Monthly Archives: July 2009

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Bookmarks for July 8th through July 29th

These are my links for July 8th through July 29th: Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished? – The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic domain. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem. Yet publishers would presumably have to impose fees on authors, because publishers would not be able to profit from reader charges. If these publication fees would be borne by […]

Wine, by Raymond Carver

  Reading a life of Alexander the Great, Alexander whose rough father, Philip, hired Aristotle to tutor the young scion and warrior, to put some polish on his smooth shoulders. Alexander who, later on the campaign trail into Persia, carried a copy of The Iliad in a velvet-lined box, he loved that book so much. He loved to fight and drink, too. I came to that place in the life where Alexander, after a long night of carousing, a wine-drunk (the worst kind of drunk– hangovers you don’t forget), threw the first brand to start a fire that burned Persepolis, […]

Herb Simon on the Economy of Attention

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” (Computers, Communications and the Public Interest, pages 40-41, Martin Greenberger, ed., The Johns Hopkins Press, 1971.)

Bookmarks for July 6th through July 8th

These are my links for July 6th through July 8th: How to choose a statistical test – This book has discussed many different statistical tests. To select the right test, ask yourself two questions: What kind of data have you collected? What is your goal? Then refer to Table 37.1. NPWRC :: Statistical Significance Testing – Four basic steps constitute statistical hypothesis testing. First, one develops a null hypothesis about some phenomenon or parameter. This null hypothesis is generally the opposite of the research hypothesis, which is what the investigator truly believes and wants to demonstrate. Research hypotheses may be […]

Bookmarks for July 1st through July 6th

These are my links for July 1st through July 6th: MachineLearning.pdf (application/pdf Object) – Over the past 50 years the study of Machine Learning has grown from the efforts of a handful of computer engineers exploring whether computers could learn to play games, and a field of Statistics that largely ignored computational considerations, to a broad discipline that has produced fundamental statistical-computational theories of learning processes, has designed learning algorithms that are routinely used in commercial systems for speech recognition, computer vision, and a variety of other tasks, and has spun off an industry in data mining to discover hidden […]