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.