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by hnooch
Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 60904

Re: Amusing answers to tests

For those curious what an actual answer might look like, here is my best attempt: Topic D: Free Will and Determinacy Essay Question: Is it possible for you to choose not to answer this question? Several things need to be cleared up before an answer is possible. First, what sense of "possible&qu...
by hnooch
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28455

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

Owehn wrote:Is it wrong that my first thought on seeing this thread was "gavagai"?

I second "gavagai." For those who haven't caught the reference, it's a famous example in Quine's Indeterminacy of Translation.
by hnooch
Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 60904

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Don't forget to include not just the mass of the earth, but also the mass of all the air sitting at a lower altitude... :D
by hnooch
Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Untranslatables
Replies: 55
Views: 6755

Re: Untranslatables

Well, Quine argues in Word and Object that most words in a language are untranslatable, especially between languages that don't share a common linguistic or cultural heritage. You might think you have a good translation, and for lots of common words you will — e.g. "rock," "water,&quo...
by hnooch
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8992

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Chinese doesn't have noun classes, it has noun classifiers. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun_classifier#Noun_classifiers_vs._noun_classes Okay, point taken, but from the same page: "Nevertheless, there is no clearly demarked difference between the two: since classifiers often evolve into ...
by hnooch
Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8992

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Side note: Doesn't Chinese have genders (noun classes) at least so far as quantification is concerned? E.g. you have a different agreement particle for things like "five papers" vs "five people"? Sort of. What you are referring to are "measure" words. In English we use...
by hnooch
Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8992

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

As Justinlrb said, those who complain about sexism in certain words being "masculine" or "feminine" are placing the cart before the horse. Genders are only assigned the names "masculine" or "feminine" because the words for "man" or "woman" ...
by hnooch
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Getting your fair share
Replies: 49
Views: 10737

Re: Getting your fair share

What if we also add the condition that no person should wind up thinking that someone else's share is larger than their own? For instance, using Cosmologicon's solution, A might wind up envious of B's piece if A gets stuck with a measly 33 percent and B gets 50 percent, under A's utility...
by hnooch
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that require a certain partner
Replies: 26
Views: 3575

Re: Words that require a certain partner

Is the word you're looking for "collocation"? E.g. "lieu" is collocated with "in," "flotsam" with "jetsam," "to" with "fro," etc.
by hnooch
Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 169524

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Not sure if it's relevant to the discussion, but just throwing it out there: According to wikipedia , the resistance between a point and a point at infinity would be infinity. If you were to do it in a 3d grid, however, the resistance would be zero. Actually, if you examine one of the earlier cited...
by hnooch
Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A finite plane set with two points on every middle line?
Replies: 17
Views: 1931

Re: A finite plane set with two points on every middle line?

Haha I was just about to reply with that very problem! There is no such set. Suppose there is. Consider a triangle with minimal altitude. Since the base of that triangle must have three points on it, by the hypothesis, it can be split into two adjacent triangles that have the same smallest altitude....
by hnooch
Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Notepad (Elision of central consonants)
Replies: 31
Views: 3441

Re: Notepad (Elision of central consonants)

Yep, that's one of the defining differences between Received Pronunciation and General American. A corollary. Compare "writer" and "rider", and other pairs like that. Before voiced consonants, the long-i sound is the diphthong [ai], but before unvoiced consonants it's [əi]. I la...
by hnooch
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95496

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I selected the option "4" although one of those, Hebrew, is a native language that I've never formally studied. However I grew up in America and so I stopped really using Hebrew at a very young age, so now I can't speak it quite as well as I understand it, which is not too well. I've studi...
by hnooch
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A proof?
Replies: 14
Views: 1588

Re: A proof?

A matrix is invertible if and only if its corresponding linear transformation is invertible. So if the matrix is not invertible, then its transformation is not invertible, so its transformation is not one-to-one. Thus we get some v ≠ w such that Av = Aw.
by hnooch
Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 262636

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Hallo! Ich habe lange Zeit kein Deutsch gesprochen. Das letze mal war vor fast einem Jahr an der Uni. Ich bin nie in Deutschland, Österreich, oder die Schweitz gegangen. Aber ich studiere jetzt in Budapest, und ich will nach Wien vielleicht reisen. Ich habe "Harry Potter und die Feuerkelch"...
by hnooch
Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Rising voice inflection to indicate a question?
Replies: 68
Views: 15904

Re: Rising voice inflection to indicate a question

I'm studying a little Hungarian, and from what I've been told (and from how I've heard people speak), a wh-question is indicated by falling tone throughout the sentence, and a yes/no question is indicated by higher pitch on the penultimate syllable: Beszél angolul. You speak English. Beszél an gol u...
by hnooch
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is the Definition of a Logarithm?
Replies: 49
Views: 4592

Re: What is the Definition of a Logarithm?

It looks like log when ln x is rational. Everywhere else it's just messy.
by hnooch
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2381414

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

20 year old math student, currently in Budapest. I registered in order to comment on a math problem.
by hnooch
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is the Definition of a Logarithm?
Replies: 49
Views: 4592

Re: What is the Definition of a Logarithm?

Tangentially, the logs are not the only functions for which f(ab) = f(a) + f(b). Let H be a basis for the vector space R over Q (that is, the vector space of real numbers over the field of rational numbers). Every vector space has a basis, as a consequence of the Axiom of Choice. Any real number x c...

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