@ramikrispin GREAT IDEA.

Philip Ball has delivered up a new big picture book, Beautiful Experiments: An Illustrated History of Experimental Science. Buy a copy as a Christmas present for the historian of science in your life

Quechua for example....

Today's the anniversary of the Ohio National Guard killing four students at Kent State university at the direction of the Republican governor James Rhodes. Thing's haven't changed much. [bit.ly/42qadtb].

youtu.be/JCS-g3HwXdc

I quickly browse the bird site (yeah I should feel bad) but then I find a Max Kuhn review of good statistics book that he likes (is he here ?) #Rstats

This is his list:
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I have so many statistics books that I love. I’ll just plug

bayesrulesbook.com

web.stanford.edu/class/bios221

Bayes Rules is super great. I would like to have time and read the one about forecasting ...

I never knew this about Kaktovik. It's about the smallest Inuit village I've ever visited. This is my favorite pic from the last time I visited there - a sow overlooking the town, which is made up mostly of shipping containers and old double wides...

seeingbirds.com/Mammals/Bears/

I'm fascinated by Eskimo-Aleut languages in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. There are many of these languages; they ring much of the Arctic Ocean. I just learned that they use a base 20 system for numbers, with a 'sub-base' of 5. That is, quantities are counted in 'scores' (twenties) with intermediate numerals for 5, 10, and 15. This makes a lot of sense if you look at your fingers and toes.

But the Inuit didn't have a written form of their number system until the early 1990s, when nine high school students in a small northern Alaskan school invented one!

They used 5 principles:

• Visual simplicity: The symbols should be easy to remember.
• Iconicity: There should be a clear relationship between the symbols and their meanings.
• Efficiency: It should be easy to write the symbols without lifting the pencil from the paper.
• Distinctiveness: There should be no confusion between this system and Arabic numerals.
• Aesthetics: They should be pleasing to look at.

They decided that the Kaktovik digit 0 should look like crossed arms, meaning that nothing was being counted.

This was the start of quite a tale!

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@danyoel Any papers on agglutinative languages? I find that most English centered approaches to NLP fail on agglutinative languages. I work with Quechua - which is how I discovered that...

Here’s what life has been like for an AI innovator in recent years (h/t @ChrisJBakke):

2020: Let’s see you handle a pandemic!
2021: Deep learning has diminishing returns.
2022: Generative AI is here! Time for massive FOMO.

@ram Sure.
Want to take this off mastodon into email? You have my email?
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@ram You'll want it all.
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This is cost and what I ordered.

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Ram. Do you want to buy mine? It's only slightly used...

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@ram Ordered in the fall. Took about 3 months. There's a simulator on the site that's worth a look. And the exercise solutions...

Got to wonder what that would look like over time.

Unique discovery offers glimpse of provincial culture in Inka Empire

A new study co-authored by a George Washington University research professor examines the Inka Empire's instruments of culture and control through a well-preserved article of clothing discovered in a centuries-old Chilean cemetery.

phys.org/news/2023-02-unique-d

"Heckerthoughts" — A manuscript going through the basic concepts central to AI and Machine Learning where the author claims that some concepts he included are missing from modern ML courses. Conversational style, anecdotal, and not too long at 54 pages. Worth reading …

Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2302.05449

#AI #NewPaper #DeepLearning #MachineLearning

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I wonder if it inferred that from the wikipedia article on Mars where it says

" Craters larger than roughly 50 km are named for deceased scientists and writers and others who have contributed to the study of Mars. Smaller craters are named for towns and villages of the world with populations of less than 100,000. Large valleys are named for the word "Mars" or "star" in various languages; smaller valleys are named for rivers."