Sighting their first duck in flight, the _applied mathematician_ carefully calculates his angle of fire, correcting for gravity and wind velocity, and pulls the trigger. Forgetting to correct his path for the acceleration of the duck, he misses to the right.
The _pure mathematician_ takes aim, calculating his trajectory based on the apparent motion of the duck, velocity of his projectile and the curvature of the earth. Forgetting to correct for air friction, he misses to the left.
The _statistician_ jumps out of his seat and exclaims:
We got him!
— Francis Chang
Here is a cool page where yahoo shows you the email it is processing in real time. It includes a visualization of the most popular words in emails at a given time. A pretty neat tool and definitely good for procrastination.
The cabal of three bio-statistics professors running the new Simply Statistics tumblr weren’t terribly impressed with this Yahoo! real-time data visualization.
Upon closer inspection, it becomes more interesting, specifically the spam count feature. Go ahead, have a look: visualize.yahoo.com.
Emphasis on “the SEC, the EPA, transparent operations, a free press”: Yes! Believe, or govern, as you wish. But as long as those basics are active, enforced consistently, without bias, much of the rest will fall into place.
* There is no shortage of people willing and able to speak up. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell what part to listen to sometimes… Be that as it may, it is preferable to the alternative.
I finally found out why every item I ever submitted to Hacker News disappeared. Thanks to this kind soul.
If he hadn’t told me, another 503 days would have passed, of being at -1, forever alone. My mind can rest easier now.