Weekly links for July 1

Inverse Fizzbuzz.

More on Minesweeper: where should you click first? (It depends on what you’re trying to do: win this game at any cost? Or set a fast time, at the cost of throwing away a game when it becomes clear it won’t be a fast one?)

Grand slam statistics: tennis is a numbers game

Pixar wants you to take more math classes, an interview with Tony DeRose, one of their senior scientists. (I saw Brave. I’m convinced that movie grew out of someone at Pixar realizing that could make realistic-looking curly hair.)

Could the periodic table have been done using group theory?, a question at physics stackexchange.

Allen Downey has a series of posts on secularization in America: Part one, two, three, four.

Men’s Health magazine gives us 5 ways math can improve your life. (These were suggested by Steve Strogatz, who has a new book coming out in October, The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity.)

Apparently from May, but I missed it then: Patents aren’t only for engineers, on the actuary who patented statistical sampling. (To his credit, it looks like he think the idea that this can be patented might be a little silly.)

Tom Mitchell is working on a possible second edition of Machine Learning; he has a chapter on naive Bayesian classifiers and logistic regression available for free downloads.

I’m looking for a job, in the SF Bay Area. See my linkedin profile.

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