Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: The First 50

As I have mentioned before when discussing podcasts (astronomy, roman history), I spend about two hours per day commuting and generally fill that time with podcasts. A few people suggested The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and a month later … Continue reading

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Expected Number of Consecutive Successes for an Bernoulli Distribution

The bernoulli distribution is defined by a single parameter ; it can be considered as the probability of success. The most common example used is a coin flip. Assuming the coin is fair, . This type of distribution is also … Continue reading

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Impostor Syndrome

I recently heard the term “impostor syndrome” while listening to a podcast—this article has a good discussion of the phenomenon in graduate school. It was on offhand remark and the speaker did not give any detail or explanation, however, I … Continue reading

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Hiding Inefficient Implementations

A few weeks ago I was writing some code to analyze matrices of two-dimensional data in C++. Obviously I needed some type of data structure and I just started with a vector of vectors approach. The code is relatively simple … Continue reading

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