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Russia 1, Data Science 0

Both sides in the 2016 election had access to the best statistical models and databases money could buy. If Russian influence (which as far as we know involved little more than the well-timed dumping of not exactly military grade hacked information, plus some Twitter bots and Facebook ads) was at any level decisive, then it's […]

Probability-as-logic vs probability-as-strategy vs probability-as-measure-theory


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Attention conservation notice: Elementary (and possibly not-even-right) if you have the relevant mathematical background, pointless if you don't. Written to help me clarify to myself a moment of categorical (pun not intended) confusion. What's a possible way to understand the relationship between probability as a the (by Cox) extension of classical logic, probability as an […]

Tom Sawyer, Bilingual

Following a friend's suggestion, here's a comparison of phrase length distributions between the English and German versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: It could be interesting to parametrize these distributions and try to characterize languages in terms of some sort of encoding mechanism (e.g., assume phrase semantics are drawn randomly from a language-independent distribution […]