Weekly links for January 6

Peter Norvig, On Chomsky and the Two Cultures of Statistical Learning.  Also, totally unrelated but by the same author: English Letter Frequency Counts: Mayzner Revisited or ETAOIN SRHLDCU.

In 1979, I. J. Good wrote a summary of A. M. Turing’s Statistical Work in World War II. Despite my interests I often forget about Turing’s statistical work; it’s not as well publicized as his work in logic and theoretical computer science, perhaps because it was classified. (Good says this too.)

John Baez has a series on “rolling circles and balls”: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

From Geoff Nunberg at Language Log: Is “big data” plural?

Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales.

Visionary Images: The Lost Fractals of Benoit Mandelbrot.

Erica Klarreich writes for the Simons Foundation on Privacy by the Numbers.

Edward Tufte, Are there bellwether electoral districts. (You know the heuristic, right? If the title of a paper is a question, the paper will argue that the answer to that question is no.)

David Auckly, Triangles, Rotation, a Theorem and the Jackpot, on uses (some overkill!) of the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem.

Vince Knight brings us some analysis of the game shut the box.

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