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Great graphs of names

From Nathan Yau. I love this stuff. It’s just wonderful, a great set of visualizations on a great topic. Offhand, the only suggestions I have are to scale the graphs or indicate in some way the trends in the total popularity of each name (as it is, I wonder if some of the variation is […]

Bayes pays!

Jason Rosenfeld, who has the amazing title of “Manager of Basketball Analytics” at the Charlotte Bobcats, announces the following jobs: Basketball Operations: Statistics Basketball Operations Systems Developer – Charlotte Bobcats (Charlotte, NC) POSITION OVERVIEW The Basketball Operations System Developer will collect and import data to our database, check data, and field requests from the Basketball Operations […]

There are no fat sprinters

This post is by Phil. A little over three years ago I wrote a post about exercise and weight loss in which I described losing a fair amount of weight due to (I believe) an exercise regime, with no effort to change my diet; this contradicted the prediction of studies that had recently been released. […]

Weak identification provides partial information

Matt Selove writes:

Turing chess tournament!

Daniel Murrell is organizing a run-around-the-house chess tournament in Cambridge, England, on 23 Jun 2013. Maybe Niall Ferguson will show up, given his interest in the history of mid-twentieth-century gay English heroes.

Of parsing and chess

Gary Marcus writes, An algorithm that is good at chess won’t help parsing sentences, and one that parses sentences likely won’t be much help playing chess. That is soooo true. I’m excellent at parsing sentences but I’m not so great at chess. And, worse than that, my chess ability seems to be declining from year […]

Giving credit where due

Gregg Easterbrook may not always be on the ball, but I 100% endorse the last section of his recent column (scroll down to “Absurd Specificity Watch”). Earlier in the column, Easterbrook has a plug for Tim Tebow. I’d forgotten about Tim Tebow.

The Great Race

This post is by Phil. Last summer my wife and I took a 3.5-month vacation that included a wide range of activities. When I got back, people would ask “what were the highlights or your trip?”, and I was somewhat at a loss: we had done so many things that were so different, many of […]

Goal: Rules for Turing chess

Daniel Murell has more thoughts on Turing chess (last discussed here): When I played with my brother, we had it that if you managed to lap someone while running around the house, then you got an additional move. This means that if you had the option to take the king on your additional move, you […]

How effective are football coaches?

Dave Berri writes: A recent study published in the Social Science Quarterly suggests that these moves may not lead to the happiness the fans envision (HT: the Sports Economist). E. Scott Adler, Michael J. Berry, and David Doherty looked at coaching changes from 1997 to 2010. What they found should give pause to people who […]