Assorted links

A Fervent defense of Frequentist Statistics. Eliezer Yudkowsky's comments are also well worth reading. Most notably:

Who are these mysterious straw Bayesians who refuse to use algorithms that work well and could easily turn out to have a good explanation later? Bayes is epistemological background not a toolbox of algorithms …

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Computerized Eye Exams

Bryan Caplan recently asked for one good reason why basic eye exams can't be done by machine. I.e., why a machine can't ask "better like this, or like that?"

Computerized eye testing is probably a little different than what Caplan imageined. The shopkeeper (not a medical doctor) is still …

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Why xkcd-style graphs are important

For most data scientists, a toolkit like scipy/matplotlib or R becomes so familiar that it becomes almost an extension of their own mind. When fleshing out an idea, we will just open up ipython, write a few lines of code, and display the plot on the screen to get …

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I don't understand JVM performance

I've been hacking on Breeze lately, which is a scientific library for Scala which aims to replace Scipy. It's got a long way to go, but it's definitely a great library and one that I make significant use of. One of the great things about using the same language that …

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