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Random Linkage, May 2015

May 6, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: If you'd care about these links, you've probably seen them already. I have been very much distracted from blogging by teaching undergraduates (last semester; this semester), by supervising graduate students, and by Li...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, November 2014

April 10, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Kathleen Tierney (= Caitlin Kiernan), Blood Oranges Mind candy: it's hard out there for a hustler on the fringes of Providence's supernatural demi-monde. Nicole Peeler, Jinn and Juice Mind candy; fr...

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"Sparse Graph Limits with Applications to Machine Learning" (Week after Next at the Statistics Seminar)

April 10, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: Notice of an upcoming academic talk at Carnegie Mellon. Only of interest if you (1) care about how the mathematics of graph limits intersects with non-parametric network modeling, and (2) will be in Pittsburgh week afte...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, January 2015

April 2, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Jin Feng and Thomas G. Kurtz, Large Deviations for Stochastic Processes \[ \newcommand{\Expect}[1]{\mathbb{E}\left[ #1 \right]} \newcommand{\Prob}[1]{\mathbb{P}\left( #1 \right)} \] Kurtz is best known for work in the 1970s and 1980s on how sequences of Markov processes converge on a limiting Markov process, especially on how they converge on a limiting deterministic dynamical system. This book is an extension of those ideas, and best…

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, August 2014

April 2, 2015
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George Scialabba, What Are Intellectuals Good For? Essays and Reviews and The Modern Predicament When I was trying to teach myself how to be a critic (or at least how to write criticism), one of my models was this "George Scialabba" character, who ke...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, January 2015

April 2, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Jin Feng and Thomas G. Kurtz, Large Deviations for Stochastic Processes \[ \newcommand{\Expect}[1]{\mathbb{E}\left[ #1 \right]} \newcommand{\Prob}[1]{\mathbb{P}\left( #1 \right)} \] Kurtz is best known for work in the 1970s and 1980s on how sequences of Markov processes converge on a limiting Markov process, especially on how they converge on a limiting deterministic dynamical system. This book is an extension of those ideas, and best…

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2015

April 2, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East Shadid's memoir of restoring his family's ancestral home in a small Christian town in south Lebanon, inter-cut with the ...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, July 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Stephen King, Eyes of the Dragon Mind candy. I really liked it when I was a boy, and on re-reading it's not been visited by the Suck Fairy, but I did come away with two thoughts. (1) I'd have been ve...

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A Statement from the Editorial Board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Haruspicy

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: Leaden academic sarcasm about methodology. The following statement was adopted unanimously by the editorial board of the journal, and reproduced here in full: We wish to endorse, in its entirety and without reservation...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, September 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Lauren Beukes, Broken Monsters In which Detroit, which evidently hasn't suffered enough, must deal with an outbreak from the dungeon dimensions, cleverly disguised as a mere psycho killer loose in i...

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