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by D.B.
Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Masters of Engineering vs. Bachelors of Engineering
Replies: 7
Views: 11987

Re: Masters of Engineering vs. Bachelors of Engineering

If you intend to carry on the engineering side of things in the workplace then getting an MEng makes it easier to apply for CEng or IEng status, which becomes highly desirable to advance further once you reach a certain point. You can still apply without an MEng based on experience in the workplace,...
by D.B.
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: quarkcosh1's math coincidences thread
Replies: 32
Views: 9203

Re: quarkcosh1's math coincidences thread

But full marks for actually looking at making an empirical test for your theory.
by D.B.
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gravity waves left over from the Big Bang
Replies: 1
Views: 2088

Gravity waves left over from the Big Bang

Surprised there's no topic on this yet. So, as i understand it, there's a paper been released showing gravity waves and an apparent confirmation of inflation all rolled into one . Still undergoing peer review, but if it comes out correct it sounds really neat. This being the 21st century of course, ...
by D.B.
Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximum Entropy Distribution given Cumulants
Replies: 1
Views: 1645

Re: Maximum Entropy Distribution given Cumulants

Best reference for this is Cover & Thomas. Quick solution given in attachment.
by D.B.
Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Matlab alternatives
Replies: 4
Views: 2273

Re: Matlab alternatives

If you want to do any stats, R is free and very midely widely used. Octave is indeed very similar to matlab and feature rich. It's not quite the case you can just pick up any .m file and run it right away, but it's close. Also you can compile .mex files from octave, so that gives you C and C++ to pl...
by D.B.
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thinking about engineering major, Any advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 10550

Re: Thinking about engineering major, Any advice?

Otherwise... don't fall behind. Try to do at least a few problems on the topic you've covered one day before the next lesson. If the prof assigns homework for you to do, whether it is mandatory or not, this should be considered the minimum that you should do. The more problems you can do, the bette...
by D.B.
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453721

Re: Questions For The World

Depends. While the televised trials I've seen to and the one family court thing I went to had a judge in robes, the traffic court crap I've been to (either because stupid reasons on my part OR relating to the accident I was in where the other person had no insurance and they kept summoning me for n...
by D.B.
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453721

Re: Questions For The World

... but I also want to know if you guys also think it's ridiculous, or if you think our American lawyers are uncivilized in their normal clothes. ...can I answer neither? It's just what barristers wear in the UK. I think it's approximately as ridiculous as any other profession which requires a part...
by D.B.
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: explanation of MO n-sphere point generation
Replies: 2
Views: 1430

Re: explanation of MO n-sphere point generation

, i'm not sure what it means by "mean zero Gaussian random variables" the wikipedia page doesn't exactly define the term anywhere. i assume it is a random point on the normal distribution centered on zero. is this correct? Correct. EDIT: On reflection, it's a random point sampled from a z...
by D.B.
Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1140517

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, obviously there was an intent to hit the target. But the number of rounds expended is fairly obvious evidence that there was also an intent to kill. At a range where 7 of his 8 bullets hit the teenager, he knew by the third round that the kid was going down. To keep firing after the third rou...
by D.B.
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Math markup
Replies: 0
Views: 8666

Math markup

So, following on from this and this , I'm starting this thread to explicitly ask if we can have a proper math tags to display latex that don't rely on the viewer downloading an extra plugin installed on the forum. Justification: ⋅  The plugin only natively works on chrome and firefox, and ...
by D.B.
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453721

Re: Questions For The World

Live 1 hour away by plane, a day and a half away by car+boat. Talk to them about once a week, but would text/email more often. Used to be much more often when I was in university though.
by D.B.
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-phone
Replies: 29
Views: 30308

Re: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-ph

How about looking up some Jeopardy! questions? Sometimes they're too trivia based, but if it involves a pun, or some common property a set of otherwise dissimilar objects possess, then you might be able to adapt them. Things like "A flight is a series of these unbroken by a landing" for e...
by D.B.
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-phone
Replies: 29
Views: 30308

Re: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-ph

How about looking up some Jeopardy! questions? Sometimes they're too trivia based, but if it involves a pun, or some common property a set of otherwise dissimilar objects possess, then you might be able to adapt them. Things like "A flight is a series of these unbroken by a landing" for ex...
by D.B.
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192151

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Well hell. Uk parliament votes against intervention.

Honestly didn't see that coming.

EDIT: Ninja'd again.
by D.B.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War On Journalism: London Edition
Replies: 64
Views: 12026

Re: War On Journalism: London Edition

D.B. My point was general rather than specifically aimed at you. I apologise if it came across that way. mine too, just elaborating for our american bretheren who may think the motherland would have had the time to tidy up this sort of thing:) Oh don't worry about it. It's good to have these things...
by D.B.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9230910

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

I've been using win 8 on my work laptop for a while now. It's...quirky. If you don't have a touchscreen it's really not very good. At all. Gestures which are somewhat intuitive on a screen can be maddening on a touchpad or just a bit weird with a mouse. A new shell is probably a good idea - although...
by D.B.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War On Journalism: London Edition
Replies: 64
Views: 12026

Re: War On Journalism: London Edition

Eh, I was phrasing it in an offhand manner. Having a right directly pertaining to how you may behave when arrested, which a court can then specifically use against you when evaluating evidence later, really isn't very much of a right in my opinion. But no, you are correct, in the normal course of th...
by D.B.
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War On Journalism: London Edition
Replies: 64
Views: 12026

Re: War On Journalism: London Edition

She wasn't allowed a lawyer??? Madness. I wish her luck in court against this. Worse than that; she's been prosecuted for having the audacity to ask for one. We've not really had any right to silence since the Criminal Justice and Public Order act ("...You do not have to say anything. But it m...
by D.B.
Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192151

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Parliament has now been recalled from summer recess to vote on a "clear motion" on UK response to chemical attacks. So, here we go (probably).
by D.B.
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War On Journalism: London Edition
Replies: 64
Views: 12026

Re: War On Journalism: London Edition

I'm a bit confused over what groklaw does - if it's just a blog then how is this affecting them? The specific arrest of this one individual at an airport - I suppose not too much. As part of the general narrative where people connected with journalists are targeted for interrogation and newspapers ...
by D.B.
Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War On Journalism: London Edition
Replies: 64
Views: 12026

Re: War On Journalism: London Edition

On a related note, in a textbook example of the chilling effect mass government surveillance can have, groklaw has today announced it's closing.
by D.B.
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box?
Replies: 12
Views: 5405

Re: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box

As a practical concern, if they're going to be on another continent, airport security may potentially have a problem with a sealed package with contents unknown by the person carrying it. Especially if it happens to be ticking and counting down. :) Seconding this. "Did anyone give you anything...
by D.B.
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3487310

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I'm sort of trying it now. Rather than just stopping cold turkey though, I've been gradually reducing over the last couple of months to avoid a sudden change (currently shampoo less than once a week, wash with water the rest of the time). Seems to have worked, in as much as it hasn't gone through a ...
by D.B.
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Homeopathy and Placebo Effectiveness
Replies: 14
Views: 7564

Re: Homeopathy and Placebo Effectiveness

There's been at least one study which pointed towards more expensive placebos being more effective. You get what you pay for, I guess.
by D.B.
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How Does Machine Learning From Unlabeled Data Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: How Does Machine Learning From Unlabeled Data Work?

I'm pretty sure that's the case. From another article "Our hypothesis was that it [the neural network] would learn to recognize common objects in those videos. Indeed, to our amusement, one of our artificial neurons learned to respond strongly to pictures of cats. Remember that this network had...
by D.B.
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How Does Machine Learning From Unlabeled Data Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: How Does Machine Learning From Unlabeled Data Work?

Unsupervised learning has been going on for a long time. The k-means algorithm, for example, breaks data up into "similar" clusters. There's other, fancier stuff. You can form a graph, where each node is a quantity to be inferred and each edge between the nodes represents some kind of cons...
by D.B.
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polynomial for fine structure constant and higgs boson mass
Replies: 197
Views: 119050

Re: Polynomial for fine structure constant and higgs boson m

I'm just gonna quote Feynman*. Emphasis mine. [...] That summarizes all of the problems associated with Quantum Electrodynamics. The most beautiful one is the coupling constant, 137 point and so on, and all good theoretical physicists put that up on their wall and worry about it. There is at the pre...
by D.B.
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All Verizon Call Data Goes to NSA
Replies: 62
Views: 43122

Re: All Verizon Call Data Goes to NSA

Seems that phone records are only part of the picture, according to the washington post . The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection ...
by D.B.
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Coin Flip Races
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Re: Coin Flip Races

I was pondering an extremely similar problem last week, and ended up finding the Negative Binomial distribution. In probability theory and statistics, the negative binomial distribution is a discrete probability distribution of the number of successes in a sequence of Bernoulli trials before a speci...
by D.B.
Fri May 31, 2013 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weighting Averages
Replies: 10
Views: 2854

Re: Weighting Averages

I think either method is defensible. It just comes down to what's the best quantity to measure. The first method - finding the average question score in each category, and then averaging these - I would interpret as estimating the mean category score . It's saying, if I were to uniformly at random p...
by D.B.
Tue May 21, 2013 10:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Length of undergraduate degrees - confused!
Replies: 31
Views: 12637

Re: Length of undergraduate degrees - confused!

...33 hours doesn't seem too much either; you'll end up with the same/more if you're working anyway. Did an MEng at cambridge a few years back. Honestly, you'll be studying alongside people doing more than 33 hrs a week. I was pulling about double* that. So don't take a single figure as gospel - it...
by D.B.
Wed May 08, 2013 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is there a general symbol for inequalities?
Replies: 14
Views: 3189

Re: Is there a general symbol for inequalities?

...As someone noted above, Unicode does have characters like ⋛, but I've never seen it used and have a hard time imagining its purpose. Perhaps it is like the ± and ∓ signs and would allow you to say something like that if x ⋛ y then -x ⋚ -y, but ... bleargh. I've seen ≶ used quite a bit in the sta...
by D.B.
Tue May 07, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 28601

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

...A loaded die has a specific property though. It is weighted or shaped so as to give a certain distribution. To pretend it's "random" is to play false to science, maths and honesty in statement IMO... No, it's just a language issue. Looking on the wikipedia page for 'randomness' the fir...
by D.B.
Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Press Regulation in the U.K
Replies: 9
Views: 1942

Re: Press Regulation in the U.K

Now even Hacked Off seem to be looking to distance themselves from / amend parts of the bill. You really couldn't make this stuff up.
by D.B.
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Polynomial regression with a complexity prior
Replies: 9
Views: 2841

Re: Polynomial regression with a complexity prior

I'm not quite sure I'm following some of the maths there. Can I just check? Start with a space of functions F together with a prior probability measure π. So this prior is over all functions. Would it be okay to call it P(f) ? Take some probability density function e for the experimental err...
by D.B.
Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336678

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I loved the .MOV series. Sad to see it end, and maybe the last clip was trying a little too hard to be something epic, but still, splendid stuff.
by D.B.
Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12655

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

Woops, sorry for slow reply, busy day yesterday. Can you explain what's confusing you? I don't want to simply restate the position... I can try. I think the difference is people aren't born with a right to drive. You've got to get a license. I think there is a rights argument that you ought to, by d...
by D.B.
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12655

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

I don't mean to keep quoting you Izawwlgood. But here we go. Except you may choose to not vaccinate/drive without insurance; you just have to pay a penalty for it, a penalty which helps defray the cost you are levying upon society for your choice. Sorry, this still isn't making your position clearer...
by D.B.
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12655

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

Your right to bodily autonomy stops at the point you endanger other people; I can't drive drunk because I pose a risk to others. This example, to me, suffers from the same problem as the earlier insurance one. Being told 'you may not do this' seems qualitatively different to being told 'you will ha...

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