Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Machine Learning and Programmer Cheerleaders

Expert software developers, especially those who know machine learning, are always in high demand. Tech companies have all kinds of perks to convince developers to hire on and stay on. I’ve heard that Google gives its employees free meals, and … Continue reading

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The 2018 World Chess Championship Match Starts

The first game of the world championship chess match was played today (Friday, Nov. 9, 2018) in London England. The game ended in a draw. The current champion is 27-year old Magnus Carlsen from Norway. The challenger is 26-year old … Continue reading

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Baby Shoes, Mathematics, and Simulation

I ran across an image on the Internet recently that intrigued me. A device titled “Baby Shoes”. Baby Shoes machine The URL link associated with the image was dead but it looks like an old countertop gambling machine, perhaps from … Continue reading

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Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty and Machine Learning

It’s not uncommon these days to read a sad news story where a police officer is killed in the line of duty. This topic has special meaning to me because a good friend of my father’s was a police officer … Continue reading

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Gibbs Sampling Example Using a Discrete Distribution

Gibbs sampling is a very complex topic because it involves about half a dozen ideas in probability, each of which is very complex. It’s not possible to completely understand Gibbs sampling with a single example. You need to look at … Continue reading

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Parrando’s Paradox Using Python

One of the most astonishing math ideas I’ve ever seen is called Parrando’s Paradox. Briefly, you have two completely different, unconnected games that, if played individually, will cause you to lose slowly but surely. However, by playing the two games … Continue reading

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Gibbs Sampling Part One of Lots

I ran into the topic of Gibbs sampling recently and realized I hadn’t used the technique in a long time. So I figured I’d post a brief explanation of exactly what Gibbs sampling is. I quickly remembered that, contrary to … Continue reading

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