Category Archives: information theory

As random as I oughta be

From John D. Cook‘s Probability Facts twitter feed, discovered the infamous RANDU, and this absolutely marvelous quote: One of us recalls producing a “random” plot with only 11 planes, and being told by his computer center’s programming consultant that he had … Continue reading

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Looking for work, 2012 edition

A short note (implied by my updates on Twitter), just to say: I was laid off last week from my previous employment in an abrupt downsizing — a company pivot, evidently away from the work I like to do.  I’m … Continue reading

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Those who got fired up about Chomsky’s difficult comments regarding empiricism, including myself, will be gratified to see that Peter Norvig, patron saint of data-driven computational linguistics (inter alia), has released his own comments, along the same lines as mine, only … Continue reading

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private key punchlines

Has anybody written about humor as a sign of a successful encryption strategy? I think that a good joke might be a lot like a sweet encryption, and I’d like to explore this notion: The sweet spot of jokes is … Continue reading

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broadsheets from the empirical underground

I’ve been corresponding with Zoltán Varjú, an enthusiastic proponent of what he describes as “rationalist” linguistics, and Melody Dye, who I would describe as a strongly “empirical” linguist — or rather, psychologist of language.  Also chiming in on that conversation … Continue reading

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sentence fragments will not save us

Thomas Baekdal’s post on using passphrases (from 2007) came up again two weeks back. In that post, Baekdal maintained the following thesis (I paraphrase): Passphrases are better than passwords, because they are easier to remember and (because they are longer) … Continue reading

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