Science of data contrasted with science

In this blog, I have been discussing a perspective gained from my specific experience working directly with a large amount of diverse data.   When I started that project, I was thinking only of the technical challenges of getting data, preparing it for the data store, and doing something useful with it.   These were…

Science based on Observations

In my last post, I described how sciences dealing with the immediate physical world involve models where time is an independent variable.  For dealing with the world, we have theories that connect causal events by the elapsed time between those events.   In contrast, the science of studying the record of past events is dependent…

Occam’s Razor in age of big data

Occam’s razor concept is to prefer simpler explanations for information, or demanding more complicated explanations have more explanatory power.   In the original formulation, simplicity was related to fewer number of contributing factors.    The number of factors also gets incorporated into the very name of calling it a razor.   The use of the…

Thoughts on New Horizons to Pluto

The New Horizons is a probe on its way to Pluto due to arrive about a year from now.   The launch was 8 years ago and with only modest publicity.   Given its current location and status, there isn’t much reason to pay attention to it.    It has my attention, for some reason.…

Cartwheeling Spiders

I smiled when I saw this article on newly discovered cartwheeling spiders.   The linked video is primarily about a robot, but there is a short sequence of the spider in action.    The best way I can describe my reaction is being proud of the spider.    I really have a high respect for…

On keeping Anti-Science out of schools

Many of my earlier posts extrapolate from my experiences as a self-described data-scientist.    Another way to describe these posts as viewing the world through my internal biases of seeing everything as just data. In some posts I suggest that the entire universe appears nothing more than a one-dimensional line of data.   Other posts…