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2014-01-24 07:33 AM

T-Shirts, Feminism, Parenting, and Data Science, Part 1: Colors

Before I was a parent I never gave much thought to children's clothing, other than to covet a few of the baby shirts at T-Shirt Hell. Now that I have a two-year-old daughter, I have trouble thinking of anything but children's clothing. (Don't tell my boss!)

What ...

2013-06-19 06:20 AM

ESPN, Race, and Presidents

Inspired by (and lifting large amounts of code from) Trey Causey's investigation of the language that ESPN uses to discuss white and non-white quarterbacks, I similarly wondered about the language ESPN uses to discuss white and non-white Presidents. For instance, a common stereotype is that non-white Presidents assassinate their ...

2013-05-23 06:40 AM

Secrets of Fire Truck Society

Hi, I gave a talk at Ignite Strata on "Secrets of Fire Truck Society" and at the end I promised that for more information you could visit this blog. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to write a blog post. Here are some links to tide you over until I ...

2013-02-25 04:16 PM

Hacking Hacker News

Hacker News, if you don't know it, is an aggregator / forum attached to Y Combinator. People submit links to news stories and blog posts, questions, examples, and so on. Other people vote them up or down, and still other people argue about them in the comments sections.

If you ...

2012-02-16 06:07 PM

Hyphen Class Post-Mortem

Last fall I signed up for two of the hyphen classes: the Machine Learning ml-class (Ng) and the Artificial Intelligence ai-class (Thrun and Norvig). Both were presented by Stanford professors but one of the conditions of taking the courses was that whenever I discuss them I am required to present ...

2012-02-01 03:03 PM

Endogeneity, or "The Skill of the Brewmeister"

The latest OkCupid blog post is one of their more interesting ones:

No matter their gender or orientation, beer-lovers are 60% more likely to be okay with sleeping with someone they've just met. Sadly, this is the only question with a meaningful correlation for women.

Of course, once every ...

2011-02-09 07:27 AM

New Coffee Plan Is Bad Karma

People throw away a lot of coffee cups. That was the motivation behind the BetaCup Challenge, a competition to create a more "sustainable" alternative to the disposable coffee cup.

If I'd found out about the competition while it was going on, I might have entered my "dig paper cups ...

2010-06-21 08:49 AM

Dear Facebook, I am skeptical of your claims.

Don't get me wrong, I like data mining as much as the next guy, and without your help I might never have realized that "People who like Reason magazine also like Rand Paul" and that 13 of my friends like something called "Burn Notice."

Nonetheless, for some reason your ...

2010-06-20 12:56 PM

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