reflecting on bayesian methods

I had discovered Cam Davidson-Pilon’s book, “Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian Methods for Hackers” a year ago, but never got around to finishing it until today. If you’ve been holding out for a third party opinion, hopefully this blog post will scratch that itch for you.It’s not…

breaking models

Models break when the distribution of the inputs to the model changes. This happens when the environment into which the model has been deployed into is so different from what it was taught that it doesn't know what to do and many of its assumptions are broken. So it might…

genes

I recently received my 23andme results back, and learned a couple of interesting things about myself.For $200, what exactly are you paying for? For sure, you’re paying for the shipping of the spit sample back to their offices, and the actual work that’s required to collect your…

pseudoknowledge

The kind of knowledge you knowingly have just to prove to another person that you know something about something. It disguises itself with large words and can be mistaken as real knowledge.…

latent

Humans seem to be unable to understand the world without splitting it into two: liberals vs conservatives, yes vs no, 1 vs 0, the visible vs invisible, smart vs not, attractive vs not - the list goes on. And we have to fight hard against ourselves to not dichotomize things…

writing

Writing is a great tool that helps me think. I like to write things down in a notepad somewhere or in Evernote.I have almost 3000 notes stored in Evernote, many of which are meant for whatever blog I would end up setting up. My friend recommended that I transfer…