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:kingmeh:

If you were an actual mathematician, I would think you might have the ability and inclination to post something relevant to this thread.

I'm betting you're a numerologist, at best.

Check out my reply to Doktor Howl. (And BTW, I got a doctorate in Mathematics and Computer Science.)
Ooh, I got a nibble.

Claiming you have a doctorate means nothing (welcome to the internet).  And even if you do have one, I've been around the block enough times to recognize that it's quite possible for someone to hold a PhD and still be a blithering idiot in most respects.

I know about blithering idiots in the Internet. (I locked horns with Archimedes Plutonium for about a year.)

In fact, I'm replying to a post by one.

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For example, here you are, with your LOL OMG 23, and your low effort shitposting, while your above reply to Doktor Howl suggests that you lack even a freshman-level understanding of statistics.

Oh, so you're using my posts in different contexts to try to insult me here, then. And you forgot to look up my posts to the Visual Pinball forum, and half of my Usenet posts. Non sequitur! (Besides, I figured that's the type of posts that a Discordian forum would be like; I didn't expect stick-up-your-ass-type posts.)

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(Some of us actually use freshman-level statistics in our day job.  For example, linear regression can be used to perform timing estimation of an OFDM signal in the presence of noise.  It's good for other things, too, as long as you recognize its limitations.  Not voodoo.)

Linear regression is a minimization problem, which belongs to mathematics proper. (I teach it in my linear algebra classes, by the way, which would put it there.) Nothing random about that.

And as for "not voodoo" ... There are TWO definitions of standard deviation (one with N in the denominator, and one with N-1 in the denominator). If not voodoo, it certainly suggests the old joke about an interviewer and a shady guy: "How much is 2+2?" "How much do you want it to be?"

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:22:41 am »
And then Trump stepped out of his bubble. 

https://apnews.com/e749219724ba489bb137d6086dc06676

And Fox News [sic] thought that the crowd was going to cheer him.

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Speaking as a mathematician, Statistics is Voodoo Mathematics.
:kingmeh:

If you were an actual mathematician, I would think you might have the ability and inclination to post something relevant to this thread.

I'm betting you're a numerologist, at best.

Check out my reply to Doktor Howl. (And BTW, I got a doctorate in Mathematics and Computer Science.)

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Speaking as a mathematician, Statistics is Voodoo Mathematics.

Balls.   It's computation of probabilities. 

It's not stat's fault if you choose to read things into the data that aren't there.

Uh, no. Probabilities is probabilities, and statistics is statistics.

Statisticians don't even consider themselves mathematicians; that's why you see "School of Mathematics and Statistics" instead of "Department of Mathematics" at colleges.

Now the kicker ... Did you ever hear of re-sampling? Example: You have five people who are each assigned five projects to rate, out of 20 possible projects. Re-sampling "lets" you figure out how they would have rated projects which they didn't rate, based on the projects they did rate, and the projects that other people rated. This is exactly "reading things into the data that aren't there."

I even heard one statistician call re-sampling something akin to voodoo mathematics.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 29, 2019, 04:42:09 am »
A female impersonator meets and falls in love with a male impersonator.

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Principia Discussion / Cosmic Trigger 1 and epic dreams
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:03:17 pm »

Recently, I re-read Cosmic Trigger 1, and I re-experienced "epic dreams": dreams that seem to last for hours or even days, with a coherent plot line (most of which I immediately forgot upon waking). Something in that book -- it doesn't work for 2 or 3 -- activates some circuits, and I want to narrow down which part it is.

Has anyone else had this kind of experience with CT1, or even any of RAW's books?

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(1) Low-tech transhumanist technologies are feasible: glasses, hearing aids, dental crowns, bridges, artificial hearts, etc.

(2) Pain is Mother Nature's way of saying, "Don't do that!" (one of Mom's doctors)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:51:06 pm »
A pornographic novel for premature ejaculaters, in its entirety:

She

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:48:54 pm »
I'm partway through about a dozen books, at various points. I'm finishing Chaos and Beyond, and then will take another run-thru of the Illuminatus! Trilogy (this time, probably starting with Leviathan, since it's seemed like an anticlimax the three times I've read it already).

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:45:27 pm »
The question, which goes back to at least 1955 and may have been pondered by Greek thinkers as early as the third century AD, asks, "How can you express every number between 1 and 100 as the sum of three cubes?" Or, put algebraically, how do you solve x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = k, where k equals any whole number from 1 to 100?

Speaking of sums of cubes ... There are only two integers that cannot be written as the sum of at most eight cubes: 239 and the infamous 23.

(Another property of 23 I haven't seen anywhere is that 23 is the first odd prime which is not a twin.

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Speaking as a mathematician, Statistics is Voodoo Mathematics.

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Won't happen, so don't worry about it.

After Mr. Trump became President, 1/3 of the Galactic Council wanted to nuke Earth to put us out of our misery, another 1/3 just wanted to cancel their field trips here (with the motto, "Beam us up, EkUrgxDds, there's no intelligent life down here."), and the rest were asleep. So if you run across a Grey in the next few years, it's a dwarf in a costume.

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Propaganda Depository / Report of a flyer in Atlanta
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:31:44 pm »

I saw the following flyer taped to a telephone pole in the late 1990s (it's no longer there) on 10th Street in Midtown, Atlanta:

PERMANENT UNIVERSAL TAX STRIKE!
PERMANENT UNIVERSAL RENT STRIKE!
BIG CHICKEN LIVES!

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Or Kill Me / "Bieber" is German for "Beaver", which is
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:24:37 pm »

slang for a woman's genitals.

That's all that needs to be said.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:22:12 pm »
9 times since 2015 and at least twice before that (though he is not to be confused with Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who was also killed multiple times).

Dang, he's even tougher than a cat ...

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