Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Acme of Romantic Noir

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliot Chaze is a pulp heist novel from 1953. It’s both brutal and romantic. It has, and deserves, a grand reputation. It's in the tradition of The Postman Always Rings Twice. And it’s cheap!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

A random example of “killed by police 2019”

This website displays a random case from a database of all police killings in the USA in 2019. It selects another case each time you reload.

Taleb Test

My point is that you cannot do "science" without knowing & rigorously applying statistics & you cannot do statistics without knowing & rigorously applying mathematical statistics & you cannot do mathematical statistics without knowing & rigorously applying probability theory.

I think this is a testable hypothesis. Ask the next research chemist you meet to explain the Carathéodory Extension Theorem.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bullshit from Taleb

I'd say it's an isolated demand for rigor. 

In reality it’s a discrete process, and Taleb's nowhere differentiable continuous model is as much an idealization as Levitt's. Except Levitt doesn’t pretend otherwise.

I see I am not the only one to have noticed this.

Really bad.

Monday, June 29, 2020

CCP vs Uighurs

A report from AP on the Chinese government's programs to suppress its ethnic Muslim Uighurs. Here.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

A small moment of courage

There are flashier videos around but this is worth the 52 seconds it takes to watch.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Quote of the Year?

A serious contender from Diana S. Fleischman
It's pretty incredible that the same movement celebrating George Floyd can't tolerate other historical figures we admire who have done terrible things.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The NYT is despicable

The NYT threatens SlateStarCodex. Doxxing is mob rule and deliberately endangers lives. This is truly despicable behavior by the New York Times.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Losing respect for Taleb

“Bleached Barbarians”

Free speech advocates “support sinister racial ideas”

UPDATE: Slip slidin’ away. Seriously, this is a ridiculous tweet, argument by imaginary ellipsis.

UPDATE: Taleb makes a howler.  The correct answer to the question as stated depends on the non random sample, and can be any percentage greater than 0 and less than 100.  If anyone else made this error, how would Taleb have responded?