(Bi-)weekly links for June 24

Nate Silver on domestic surveillance creating a divide in the 2016 primaries., and later on Lebron’s odds of catching Jordan and winning six NBA championships.

Kieran Healy uses metadata to find Paul Revere.

When not knowing math can cost you $15,000, from Who wants to be a millionaire.

Chelluri Sastri for Scientific American on Continuous and discrete as it applies to the less/fewer distinction.

Alex Krawchick of SAS talks with Nate Silver.

Roots of a base tiling.

Do plants do division to ration out starches during the night? (This is work of Alison Smith.)

Ultimate tic-tac-toe.

Nautilus is a new science magazine that is currently doing an issue on uncertainty; this article by Stephen Cass is on technologies that rely on randomness.

Richard Green has written on Google Plus about the Cookie Monster problem.

Amazon has yellow books on sale.

Kataklinger wrote a genetic algorithm for solving the knapsack problem. (via YC.)

Where does the 51st star go? See also this Slate article from a few years back.

yhat, a predictive modeling company, writes a beer recommendation system in R.

The documentation for R’s sample function says that it uses Walker’s alias method, which I had not heard of. In googling around I found Keith Schwarz’ exposition of methods for sampling from a discrete distribution.

What’s in your wallet?

Nate Silver’s poll aggregation model has been implemented in Python

Folding the future: from origami to engineering.

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