Category Archives: academics

Donoho’s “Greater Data Science’, part 0

“50 years of Data Science”. Donoho, David.  2015. [link to downloadable versions] Donoho’s got a manifesto that ain’t foolin’ around.  I have a lot of thoughts about it, but I’m going to write them up as an open-ended series of marginalia … Continue reading

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“Grad school” is a collaboration anti-pattern

To quote Wikipedia: an anti-pattern is: a pattern used in social or business operations or software engineering that may be commonly used but is ineffective and/or counterproductive in practice. [emphasis mine] I’ve been exploring patterns for actually working on software — not … Continue reading

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Dolphins are nifty — but not magical

I saw this, and thought others would find it interesting too. … said one of the phoneticians at my alma mater. It’s a collection of rather fantastic claims about “dolphin language”, mixed with breathless praise for their affirming-the-consequent “Aqua Thought … Continue reading

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Mostly harmless

I got to go out with three computationally-sharp alums of my linguistics department last night. I’m proud to be friends with all of them, and it’s nice to know there are reasons we all have the same “ancestry” — we have, … Continue reading

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on moving from academics to startups

An old labmate asked me for my thoughts on interviewing (she just graduated with a PhD, and wanted my perspective on interviewing at a startup). I don’t feel like I’m an expert, but I’ve been through the PhD wars and … Continue reading

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