The Brat Pack of science fiction has concocted a cynical ploy to disturb the genre’s Purity of Essence; they’re giving away e-books.
I wasn’t too sure about this until I read John Scalzi’s pithy recommendation. “This is bullshit” exactly sums up my opinion of his latest strawman social-justice snoozer Locked In. So he’s become my anti-oracle.
Need a numerical solution to simultaneous non-linear equations? The nleqslv package is just what you’re looking for! The coding required is minimal; just define the equations you want solved in a function, set some initial values, and let ‘er rip.
Here’s an example that uses the method of moments to estimate the parameters of a beta-binomial distribution.
Remember this guy?
Turns out he’s got competition from this guy.
Tip from American Digest.
Update: And here’s a Texan who spent 10 years getting the US Constitution amended; that’s cool the hard way.
Adrian Colyer at the morning paper, takes a stab at explaining the problem with p-values and multiple comparisons. He shoots! He scores! The crowd* goes wild!
Tip from an O’Reilly Daily Newsletter, which I found languishing in Clutter purgatory.
*OK, the crowd of two or three statistics lecturers who struggle to explain the multiple comparison problem.
Rachel DiCarlo Currie explains Why We Need a Revival of Humility. Here’s the money quote
Shortly before leaving the Senate, Kyl spoke to Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and described a childhood trip to his local county fair in Iowa. Upon arriving at the fair, Kyl said, his father made sure that he saw the man who managed parking for the attendees. “He does that better than anyone else,” his father told him. “Everybody can do something better than you can.”
Everybody can do something better than you can. Imagine how much different our society would be if each of us embraced those words as a daily mantra.
That’s why I don’t tell the plumber, the tile guy, the yard guy, the pool guy, or my mechanic how to do his job. If I was so friggin’ smart, why would I be paying these guys?
Tip from the Instapundit, where Sarah Hoyt has been on a roll lately. Must be ’cause she just finished another novel.
I want this course in the catalog at my university. Way better than “critical thinking” or “research methods.”
Tip from Open Culture.
said this: “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.”
If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.
Update: Shane Bouvet is an under-employed FedEx courier and Trump campaigner who scored a ticket to the inauguration, but had to scrounge a suit and shoes. This Man read that story, and showed what a sweetheart he is. (Tip from the Instapundit, who doesn’t do fake news.)