The Limits of Privilege

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I must admit, I think I've been spending too much time on Facebook in the days since the election. There's some solace in the fact that most of the people I'm connected with (or at least most of what the algorithm decides to show me) feel as hurt, as angry, as saddened as I do. Sometimes, the filte...

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I recently had reason to go and dig through some of my old blog posts at ScienceBlogs - in particular, this one on diversity and this other one on academic freedom vs bigotry. Though I often feel like I've gone through a rather major intellectual overhaul in the past couple of years, I'm hap...

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The Expanding Universe

You may have heard that the universe is expanding. We can tell because the light from distant stars is redder than it should be. Like the sound waves of an ambulance siren as it speeds away from you, the waves of light from these stars speeding away from us are stretched....

Kaggle Titanic Analysis in Julia - Decision Trees

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Practicing using julia for ML analysis - taking inspiration from Ajinkya Kale

Test and training data downloaded from kaggle and put into data/ folder. Let's read it into julia:

{% highlight julia %}

using DataFrames

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Women in Biology, Computer Science and Computational Biology

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My colleague Melanie Stefan and I have just submitted a manuscript for review (you can see the preprint here) about the representation of women as authors on scholarly publications. The bare outline of our procedure is not revolutionary: