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Capturing the Unicorn | The New Yorker
About "The Hunt of the Unicorn" and the Chudnovsky brothers.
mathematics 
2 hours ago
What is "blogging"? Is it different from "writing"? - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"… awhile after the Monkey Cage moved to the Washington Post, our editors told me that my posts were too “bloggy” in that they were presupposing some continuity that was inappropriate for a newspaper feature."
web:blogging  academia 
yesterday
EHNE | Encyclopédie pour une Histoire Nouvelle de l'Europe
"L’encyclopédie numérique EHNE propose des approches transversales de l’histoire européenne du genre, des guerres, de l’art, des circulations et des réseaux, des grandes idéologies et débats politiques. Elle s’intéresse aux fondements culturels et religieux de l’Europe et porte un regard sur les relations entre l’Europe et le reste du monde."
eu:history  history 
5 days ago
Peeling back the curtain – The Economist
"Years ago, “data” generally meant a table in Excel, or possibly even a line or bar chart to trace in a graphics program. Today, data often take the form of large CSV files, and we frequently do analysis, transformation, and plotting in R or Python to produce our stories. We assemble more data ourselves, by compiling publicly available datasets or scraping data from websites, than we used to. We are also making more use of statistical modelling. All this means we have a lot more data that we can share — and a lot more data worth sharing."
data:availability  data:journalism  data:economics 
9 days ago
EconoSpeak: Nobel Prizes in Economics, Awarded and Withheld
"In other words, while his prize is being trumpeted as a statement from the Swedish bankers on the importance of climate change, in fact he is a key spokesman for the position, rejected by nearly all climate scientists, that the problem is modest and can be solved by easy-to-digest, nearly imperceptible adjustments to energy prices."
econ  climate-science 
10 days ago
Survey analysis in SQL - Biased and Inefficient
"Charco Hui, as his Honours project in Statistics, has been writing a package for complex-survey analysis using dplyr and dbplyr. It’s here [1]."

[1]: https://github.com/chrk623/svydb
r  data:sql 
19 days ago
National Security Adviser John Bolton Remarks to Federalist Society - Lawfare
"We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us."
usa:empire  via:henryfarrell 
19 days ago
[1809.10302] The hidden traits of endemic illiteracy in cities
"… these results provide evidence that the illiteracy incidence can be related to a transmissible process, in which the lack of access to minimal education propagates in a population in a similar fashion to endemic diseases."

@via Alessandro Vespignani (@alexvespi) on Twitter
networks:infectious-diseases  networks:spatial 
20 days ago
Software disenchantment @ tonsky.me
Amen to _all_ of that, except for the part about users not caring.
programming  via:aliquote 
4 weeks ago
The Truth About Linear Regression
For when I finish the other Zenorevbook.
stats:regression  r 
5 weeks ago
Happy 60th Birthday, DARPA: you’re doomed | asecondmouse
"… an accelerating rise, particularly in the AI/ML/DS field, of the independent remote contractor—either an individual or a small self-managing team—due to at least five factors:

- Ubiquity of open source software which has zero monetary cost of entry and provides a standard platform across potential clients.
- Cloud computing resources which can be purchased and cast aside in a microsecond with no more infrastructure than a credit card.
- StackOverflow and GitHub putting the answers to almost any technical question a few keystrokes away: the relative advantage of having access to local and/or internal company expertise has diminished markedly.
- A variety of web-based collaborative environments such as free audio and video conferencing, shared document environments, and collaboration-oriented communication platforms such as Slack, DropBox and the like.
- Legitimation of the “gig economy” from both the demand and supply side: freelancers are vastly less expensive to hire and are now viewed as entrepreneurial trailblazers rather than as losers who can’t get real jobs. In fact, because of its autonomy, remote work is now considered highly desirable."
data:science 
5 weeks ago
Le jardin d’Abdou – Edith Canestrier
I know the guy. He watches gardening tutorials on Youtube -- in all languages: Russian (with Japanese subtitles), Portuguese… and he helps tons at the Goutte Verte. Lovely person, ultra-talented. I love my neighbourhood for people like him.
paris  life 
6 weeks ago
mpv.io
Replaces MPlayerX, which is still better but has not been updated in two years.
mac:software 
6 weeks ago
★ Reeder
I have missed you, Reeder. I cannot remember why I left. I came back for caching, as I often read offline during the week.

Your interface just rocks.
mac:software  web:rss 
6 weeks ago
I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser. - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Sometimes analysis is simply denial with more words." -- In this case, clearly.
academia:profession 
6 weeks ago
Default position and size for new Textmate windows - Super User
defaults write com.macromates.TextMate.preview DocumentControllerWindowFrame -string "{{0, 0}, {1440, 900}}"
mac:textmate 
6 weeks ago
TotalFinder for [⌘+#] Like in Chrome - TotalFinder - BinaryAge
defaults write com.binaryage.totalfinder TotalFinderCmdNumTabSwitching -bool yes
mac:file-management  mac:utilities 
6 weeks ago
How to Enable Offline Browsing in Chrome
Useful when your battery/laptop is malfunctioning and that 'Sleep' now means 'Shutdown'.
google:chrome 
7 weeks ago
Diagrams: A diagram editor for the Mac | Hacker News
Many suggestions in the thread, for when replacing OmniGraffle becomes a necessity.
viz:diagrams  mac:software 
7 weeks ago
Enigma, la guerre du code
A multi-part radio show on Alan Turing.
radio  at_a_loss_for_tags 
7 weeks ago
In Cyber Warfare, the Front Line Is Everywhere the U.S. Government Isn’t - Lawfare
"Recent history has shown that the U.S. government is not as good at picking which industries to protect as threat actors are at finding strategically valuable soft targets to hit."
tech:security  via:henryfarrell 
7 weeks ago
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