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…

Dark Data and Starling Murmuration

I am fascinated in the large murmurations of starlings.  They get my attention whenever I see them outdoors and it is hard to get bored watching uploaded videos of them. I was pretty young when I first saw them and that would have been in nature since Internet wasn’t around then and videos of them…

Thoughts on Medieval Scholarship

I enjoyed reading this article about the scholarship of the period of 1000-1500.  I’d slightly argue with the title in that I’m pretty sure my ancestors were not counted among the scholars at the time: most people were illiterate and too busy surviving than to have free time for studies. I admire the intelligence of…