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Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: shifting learning out of the classroom
Replies: 0
Views: 297

shifting learning out of the classroom

Has anyone else experienced a trend of moving the actual learning outside the classroom at different "levels"? I'm not criticizing the teaching, but I noticed that the amount I learn inside the classroom versus outside has decreased. In high school, classes usually consisted of 1. Introduc...
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Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: code for melting computer
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

code for melting computer

What sort of code could I write in a low level language like C in order to induce maximum energy consumption (and hence melt my computer)? I remember being shown graphs in my computer architecture class that showed most of the energy expended during computation was from moving bits around, and that ...
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Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

Re: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

https://www.slideshare.net/DavidCollings/multi-span-suspension-bridges there is a journal paper behind this presentation, which is behind a paywall, but nonetheless, this seems to pinpoint exactly the issue behind multi-span suspension bridges, which is the fact that apparently, multiple spans resul...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

Re: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

some more research: first, there seems to be multiple two-span suspension bridges (meaning 3 towers) in china: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taizhou_Yangtze_River_Bridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma%27anshan_Yangtze_River_Bridge but i was unable to find any three-span bridges, which did not make...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

Re: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

i think we're all in agreement it is reasonable to have a 4 tower double suspension bridge over a 2 tower single suspension bridge the question is, what purpose does the middle pier serve in this 4 tower suspension bridge? we know it serves as an anchorage for the cables, but that reason doesn't mak...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

Re: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

just to make it explicit, i believe that the force on the cables should be the same as long as the distance between two adjacent towers remains constant, no matter how many towers there are. it is for this reason that it's possible to hang electrical cables across many many pylons and the tension do...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

Re: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

yes, i'm away of the reasons they couldn't build a single span, as well as the fact that the central pier happened to rest nicely on shallow water. but as soupspoon pointed out, this doesn't actually explain the presence of the central tower. in the image below, i have drawn out the forces on the ca...
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Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge
Replies: 30
Views: 1407

the central pier of the west span of the bay bridge

the west span of the bay bridge in san francisco looks like this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco%E2%80%93Oakland_Bay_Bridge#/media/File:San_Francisco_Oakland_Bay_Bridge_Western_Span.jpg as the image shows, it is a double suspension bridge, with a central pier in the middle of the two sus...
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: best way to store matter on a large scale

i don't know enough about thermodynamics to be sure -- is the energy produced by the temperature difference between the black hole and the CMB equivalent to the amount of energy that would've been produced by fusing all that hydrogen? even with a "quickly" cooling CMB? (quickly relative to...
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: best way to store matter on a large scale

speising wrote:You can use the hawking radiation.


wouldn't the vast majority of the hawking radiation be emitted at a temperature much lower than the CMB, making it useless for power production?
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: best way to store matter on a large scale

Well both putting it into a star and putting it into a black hole rather defeats the point of the exercise, which is to store hydrogen for later use.
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Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: best way to store matter on a large scale

Not so sure about the bigger plan but at least in the short term, it would be a very good idea to stop the wasteful "burning" of hydrogen on a cosmic scale. After that, power production can proceed in a careful, efficient manner, whether that is controlled fusion or dyson sphere
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

best way to store matter on a large scale

as part of a project to delay heat death, suppose we've dissasembled every single star in the observable universe. by the way, i did the math and it would take a star like the sun 10^8 years to output enough energy to pay for it's dissasembly. what is the most energy and material efficient way of st...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is an orthogonal diagonalization of a real symmetric matrix unique?
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Is an orthogonal diagonalization of a real symmetric matrix unique?

If we have a real symmetric matrix M which is diagonalized into QLQ^T where Q is orthogonal and L is diagonal (this is possible by spectral theorem), then is Q and L necessarily unique? Is there another orthogonal diagonalization using some Q' != Q or L' != L? I ask this because it seems many explan...
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 4850

Re: chess under duress

Yes, i'm trying to say that i'm not too concerned with the technical details and logistics of the game I wrote up in the op since the goal is to not solve that one particular game but to solve a larger class of games, all of which have the same core "issue" which makes them difficult to so...
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 4850

Re: chess under duress

i admit that the scenario in the op was a bit contrived, but that was part of my attempt to distill the original problem about a more complex game into a simpler one while retaining the challenging aspects. in case it helps, here's the original game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanabi_(card_game) ...
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal
Replies: 2
Views: 1163

Re: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal

So I took the easy way out and went googling. I was actually pretty skeptical there would be a solution to this, mainly because I have seen derivations for the expectation and covariance of the expression many times, but I have never seen an attempt to figure out what the distribution actually is. S...
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Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 4850

Re: chess under duress

english has less than 1.5 bits of entropy per character, so with 30 moves you could send something like 20 characters, although it's possible that an address or something may have more entropy than your average sentence. but i'm not interested in a specific scheme for a scenario where you want to se...
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Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 4850

chess under duress

suppose you've been kidnapped and your captors want to play televised game of chess. if you lose, they'll double the ransom, so you don't want to lose. however, since you are a very forward-thinking individual, you have prepared for this scenario, and have set up a system for communicating to your f...
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Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal
Replies: 2
Views: 1163

distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal

if x is drawn from a multivariate normal with mean mu and covariance sigma, what's the distribution of z = x.T P x (.T denotes transpose and P is an arbitrary square matrix) i suspect that f(z) = ∫ p(x) dx where the integral is over all x such that x.T P x = z but i'm not sure how to carry out this ...
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Tue May 30, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: properties of a certain game
Replies: 2
Views: 1355

Re: properties of a certain game

thanks for the observations. i actually played a few test games against a friend yesterday and did notice the things you mention (though that may just be confirmation bias). hastily written code attached. in a spoiler tag, because the forum wouldn't let me attach any files for some reason #!/usr...
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Fri May 26, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 5845

Re: Superconducting CPU?

i don't see any reason why, here's the wikipedia page on it
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_computing
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Fri May 26, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Re: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?

one way to get it down to about O(nk) where n is the number of points and k is the number of close-to-B points is by doing a dijkstra like algorithm. first treat the points as a graph with n vertices and n^2 edges. then run dijkstra, but start with the set B instead of the singleton set containing t...
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Thu May 25, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals
Replies: 9
Views: 1820

Re: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals

here's the corresponding OEIS page and it provides a an alternate equivalent formula which looks much easier to work with and also a efficient algorithm

https://oeis.org/A273580

and a lookup in https://isc.carma.newcastle.edu.au/advancedCalc gives no results ;(
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Thu May 25, 2017 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: properties of a certain game
Replies: 2
Views: 1355

properties of a certain game

this is a two player, zero-sum game. the state is 2 vectors and two scalars (one vector and scalar per player). call the vectors x and y and the scalars p and q respectively. x and y have some fixed dimension k. (and if it makes things easier, feel free to let k be infinite) player 1 wins if p > 0 a...
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Sat May 20, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any machine learning folks on this forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 1579

Re: Any machine learning folks on this forum?

linear regression models are pretty fundamental and widely used -- in fact, my school has an entire semester long course on various forms of linear regression. and i would bet that in terms of "number of times applied", this would be the winner two other good ones are decision trees + thei...
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Mon May 01, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

(y, y) is a pair, which is encoded as string x, so x = <(y,y)> which i've written with a bit of notation abuse as x = <y,y>
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)
Replies: 18
Views: 3904

Re: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)

if the function name is fn, you can run the command help(fn) to print out instructions and information on what inputs it takes. google is also another resource
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

try to think of them as physical machines instead of programs. a machine takes in a string as an input, and spits out yes, no, or loops forever now if you try to put one machine D inside another machine M, that's not possible, because machines can only take string as input. so what we do instead is ...
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

yes, we write D to represent the program (program-use), and <D> to refer to the "string-use" (aka encoded) version of D
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

yes, that makes sense. it will help to understand the idea of encoding something often, we want programs to take other mathematical objects as input, such as pairs of numbers, lists of pairs of numbres, or even other computer programs however, formally, computer programs can only take strings as inp...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

no, i don't think so. but there are not that many programs and arguments. we have M, the halting problem solving program, which takes the bare minimum it needs! it only takes the program and the input you want to test. then we have D, the program which we are designing to mess up M. D only takes a s...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

it's not super important, but under the turing model of computation, turing machines (aka computer programs) take exactly one string as an input. of course, if you want to feed a machine two inputs, you can just combine the two inputs and put a delimiter between them. for example, you might feed two...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

what i gave is a proof-by-contradiction type proof. just try to follow all the inputs and explain where you get stuck -- there are only two machines, each of which takes one input (well M takes one pair...)
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

What I'd like to make sense of now is the program-within-a-program paradox Here's a pretty standard proof I think. I'll use <> angle brackets to denode encoding. First we suppose that we have some program M, such that M(x) tells us if the program and input pair encoded by x will halt. In other word...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

well suppose you wrote a program to multiply two numbers. it doesn't make much sense to talk about whether the program halts, because it won't really do anything unless you give it some input (the numbers to be multiplied). even the empty string is a valid input, of course formally, the halting prob...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 12669

Re: Halting Problem

That is a great explanation, thank you. What I'm stuck on is the standard explanation in which one assumes that there's a program that can tell you whether any particular program fed into it will halt (or not halt). That's where I get hung up. the proof usually follows this logic: suppose it is pos...
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9738
Views: 1550234

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

just to eek that last bit of performance out of python, i manually inlined all my helper functions into one single monstrous blob of code. just about doubled the speed too, which is way more than i expected, but it still wasn't good enough, so i had to rewrite it in c++
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math/Cryptography Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1548

Re: Math/Cryptography Questions

no, it is possible to quickly prove that a number is prime without trying to factor it! the first (and possible only known) deterministic algorithm for doing so is the AKS primality test https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKS_primality_test for some intuition, suppose i randomly generate a function f whi...
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math/Cryptography Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1548

Re: Math/Cryptography Questions

polynomial means the running time grows polynomially in the size of the prime you want to generate. for example, if the polynomial were n^2, you could guarantee testing if a 4096 bit number is prime would take not more than 4^2 = 16 times as long as testing a 1024 bit number factoring is not known t...

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