A kind reader pointed out that I frequently mention algorithms, but that I haven't defined them in the basics posts. To me, they're so fundamental to the stuff I do for a living that I completely forgot that they're an interesting idea.
It's really pretty simple: an algorithm is description of a…
P.S. With all of these compare&contrast posts, I'd like you to also monitor your own emotional reactions to the speeches, as that is how most of the voters will watch them and thus make their decisions.
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has been controversial, as
in the Washington Post.
Admittedly, most of the controversy has been contrived.
Fortunately, the process is moving forward;…
Via Atrios, I found this article at the American Prospect, which demonstrates an example of a very
common and very serious math error that's constantly made in the media: unit errors. If you want to
compare two numbers, you need to make sure that they're actually numbers that can be compared. You…