Links for February 22

Skipped last week because of illness… but we’re back.

How to become a Bayesian in eight easy steps, which is basically an advertisement for the paper of the same name

Stop calling the Babylonians scientists, says Philip Ball regarding the recent discoveries in Babylonian astronomical history.

How Visas Shape the Geopolitical Architecture of the Planet, an analysis of communities among countries based on which countries allow visa-free travel to citizens of which others. Actual paper.

Keith Devlin uses high-dimensional geometry to prove that you are exceptional.

Mike “Pomax” Kamermans has a primer on Bezier curves with both mathematics and demonstrations you can play with.

Junaid Mubeen doesn’t understand his PhD dissertation any more and wonders what this means for mathematics education.

The folks at Vox ask what is the Midwest?, like FiveThirtyEight did two years ago.

Jeremy Kun explains why there is no Hitchhiker’s Guide to Mathematics for programmers.

Milo Beckman uses simulation based on actuarial tables to show why Scalia’s death will be felt through 2060.

One thought on “Links for February 22

  1. These are so close in time, it seems worth pointing out that Devlin’s post arguing that “You are exceptional” is essentially exactly the same mathematics behind predicting the observations from your link a few weeks ago to “When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages.” In both cases, (1-p)^n is small for large n, even if p is relatively close to 1.

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