How many hours of work is optimal? A Python Optimization tutorial

A commonly asserted fact is that as an individual employee's working hours increase, his hourly productivity decreases. This is supported by a variety of studies. This naturally begs the question - why do employers often demand that employees work for long hours? Are employers simply irrational? In this post I ...

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Attribution Theory is Misguided

Attribution theory is the practice in advertising where you attempt to figure out how to allocate credit for a sale to a given advertisement. I argue that attribution theory is asking the wrong question - it doesn't matter how to allocate credit for your past purchases. What matters is how to alter your advertising portfolio to maximize your next purchases.

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A Different Box of Tools, by Richard Feynman. There are two great things about this article. One is the "Feynman" method of debunking a theory - come up with simple examples that satisfy the theory yet are obviously false (typically look in mental areas different from the person cooking up the ...

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The Complexity Copout

schrodinger's kitty

Back in my days as a physicist, my Ph.D. adviser came to me with a proposed theory. He wanted to study the many-body Schrodinger equation - to study the interaction of a single charged particle with a conductive screen. I didn't like this theory very much - it offended my ...

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Microservices for the Grumpy Neckbeard

Recently microservices have been getting a lot of attention, both positive and negative. Articles about them tend to fall into two camps, which I'll affectionately label the hipster camp and the neckbeard camp. The hipster camp tends to strongly favor microservices, due to the excellent benefits they provide regarding ...

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