Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Few Useful Things to Know about Machine Learning

Lately I have been lamenting that my knowledge of machine learning is not very useful.  Luckily Pedro Domingos has recently written a paper, “A Few Useful Things to Know about Machine Learning” (publication link, author’s hosted version), to rectify my … Continue reading

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In My Own Foreign Words

Can a computer mimic you speaking a language you do not speak?  Microsoft recently demonstrated their Speech-to-Speech translation system.  This is a system that takes audio in one language, translates the speech into another language, and then outputs speech in … Continue reading

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Modeling the Solar System, Part 2: Setting the Planets in Motion

Our goal is to build a computational model of the solar system.  In Part 1, we discovered where to obtain the necessary data and how to transform it for our needs.  In the second part, we will set the planets … Continue reading

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Modeling the Solar System, Part 1: Plotting the Planets

Recently I have been reading Richard Feynman‘s The Feynman Lectures on Physics—trying to fill the glaring lack of pure science knowledge missing from my formal university education—and I came across his chapter on Newton’s laws of motion.  He demonstrated the … Continue reading

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How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia

In continuing with my interest in the transition from student to scientist, I read this book by Paul J. Silvia, a psychology professor.  Since an academic researcher is judged largely on his writing, I thought learning how to be a … Continue reading

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