Author Archives: lylebot

Gender-Neutral Pronouns and One-Letter Words

English actually has a gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun: it’s “they”. Unfortunately, there is a crowd that will do everything they can to keep you from using “they” as anything but a plural. (They won’t catch every singular-they, of course, because … Continue reading

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End-of-Life Care

This article from the New Yorker (August ’10) hits home for me right now. But I come away from it still puzzled by the willingness of the doctors to keep treating even when they know there’s little to no chance … Continue reading

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What Have I Done, part 2

This blog is already getting far more technical than I intended. I don’t want to do a post about R every day—R is just a tool I use to explore my questions about the world, and I’m hoping the R … Continue reading

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Hacking Sleep, part 1.5

This is just a technical followup to my previous post. I decided I don’t like wapply() for smoothing after all; it seems to be too dependent on the number of data points. So now I’m using a normal-density weighted average … Continue reading

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Hacking Sleep, part 1

For the last two years or so I’ve been struggling with insomnia. I typically go to bed around midnight and get up around 8, but in between I frequently wake up around 3 or 4 and feel like I’m awake … Continue reading

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Readable Graphs

I don’t know how it is for academic scientists in other fields, but me and my computer science colleagues review tons of papers—in 2010 alone I’ve reviewed more than 40 full papers.  As a reviewer, I appreciate anything authors do … Continue reading

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What Have I Done

I started a blog.  This could be a huge mistake.  I guess we’ll see.

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