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Some nonparametric statistics math - Julia Evans
stream of consciousness from Julia - could be valuable to peak into her thinking process
datascience  english  math  writing  read-later 
16 days ago by kmt
Why Data Is Never Raw - The New Atlantis
curious fact about our data-obsessed era is that we’re often not entirely sure what we even mean by “data”: Elementary particles of knowledge? Digital records? Pure information? Sometimes when we refer to “the data,” we mean the results of an analysis or the evidence concerning a certain question. On other occasions we intend “data” to signify something like “reliable evidence,” as in the saying “The plural of anecdote is not data.”

In everyday usage, the term “data” is associated with a jumble of notions about information, science, and knowledge. Countless reports marvel at the astonishing volumes of data being produced and manipulated, the efficiencies and new opportunities this has made possible, and the myriad ways in which society is changing as a result. We speak of “raw” data and laud it for its independence from human judgment. On this basis, “data-driven” (or “evidence-based”) decision-making is widely endorsed. Yet data’s purported freedom from human subjectivity also seems to allow us to invest it with agency: “Let the data speak for itself,” for “The data doesn’t lie.
data-analysis  bias  politics  argument  data  big-data  read-later 
4 weeks ago by kmt
What nobody tells you about documentation - Blog - Divio
There is a secret that needs to be understood in order to write good software documentation: there isn’t one thing called documentation, there are four.
They are: tutorials, how-to guides, explanation and technical reference. They represent four different purposes or functions, and require four different approaches to their creation. Understanding the implications of this will help improve most software documentation - often immensely.
documentation  learning  teaching  writing  read-later 
10 weeks ago by kmt
lepisma/org-books: Reading list management with org mode
Reading list management using org-mode. A sample list lives on my wiki here.
read-later  reference  indexing  books  emacs 
12 weeks ago by kmt

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