Inspired by this post over at Making Light, here, have a chart:
First, Second, …
1st, 2nd, …
And, because this chart is kinda tricky to read, here’s the log-scaled version of the same chart:
For the log-chart, I stopped stacking the numbers.
ETA: Changed the log-chart from a line-chart to a bar-chart after feedback from the readership of bOINGbOING. Hello and welcome!
- February 23rd, 2010
- 8:08 pm
Inspired by John Allen Paulos, who just now tweeted
Obvious, but NBC hasn’t said: Canada, Norway, Germany way ahead of US in Olympic medals per capita. Many ways to rank: Cf. Arrow’s theorem.
I decided to redo the medals list. Here, the number of medals per capita among the top countries.
- February 20th, 2007
- 6:18 pm
These badges are also displayed on my About page, but the explanation why merits a blog post of its own.
For one thing, I blog about the stuff. I also was a radio speaker at the time that Radio Unga Forskare was active.
This blog. Do I really need to say more?
I’m an old boy scout. I came 3rd in the national quals for the International Chemistry Olympiad back when. I do know how to handle a flame in a lab.
Freezer? Sure. Who hasn’t?
Dry ice? Of course. Unga Forskare (the association of Young Scientists) responsible for this.
Liquid nitrogen? Oh yes! Favourite pastime among Unga Forskare.
I really do know more computer languages than quite a few people. Then again, there are some who know more than I do, and sure, most of those end up reading this blog, so .. well .. call it a draw, shall we?
- February 9th, 2007
- 5:34 pm
Syntaxfree writes over at his blog about a silly little toy he wrote, using the PFP library, to generate random text.
Now, his text is unreadable. I mean, it’s even unpronounceable. Why? Because he’s looking at bigram distributions of letter.
Great, I thought, I’ll do him one better. Random text using bigram distributions on words must surely be a LOT better than random text using bigram distributions on letters. At least the words come out readable, and they may even come out in a decent order.
So I sat down with his code, and hacked, tweaked, and monadized it to this
bigram t = zip ws (tail ws) where
ws = (words . map toLower . filter (\x -> isAlpha x || isSpace x)) t
distro = uniform . bigram