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by dcollins
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21868

Re: 0913: "Core"

Re: Title text. I've realized that I now get insanely bothered by "if" statements that fail to have the word "then" after the comma. It's not you, it's me.
by dcollins
Tue May 24, 2011 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36189

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Related news -- US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity announces plans to build a repository of stories and metaphors in English, Spanish, Russian, Farsi, etc. "... metaphors have been shown to be pervasive in everyday language and to reveal how people in a culture define and under...
by dcollins
Mon May 23, 2011 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36189

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

To me, this was one of most irritating of all Star Trek episodes. I mean, isn't every language intrinsically built on referents and idioms? The whole premise that a universal translator exists but doesn't work because of this makes no sense at all. Bothers me to this day.
by dcollins
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33813

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

SolkaTruesilver wrote:On a side note, is it normal that I've always loved and been interested in Probabilities but always hated Statistics?


No. It's a t-distribution with 46 degrees of freedom.
by dcollins
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58304

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

While it currently remains positive, if the fertility rate keeps changing it must necessarily slow, stop and even reverse. That's not a valid conclusion. Mathematically you can have a series that keeps increasing to infinity (limit), yet always has a decreasing derivative (rate). Sum of 1/sqrt(n) i...
by dcollins
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30939

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

And I'll also add in a separate advertising mathematical aggravation: The diet product Slim Xtreme advertised itself as "Lose up to 20 POUNDS in Just 4 weeks!" Okay, so of course we all know that's pretty meaningless: anywhere from a negative number up to 20 pounds. How about the average o...
by dcollins
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30939

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

1.) Churches want tithes, politicians want votes and monetary contributions to re-election campaigns. 2.) I'm not sure government counts, though it can be argued that a government wants tax income. Charitable organizations generally include some message about donation on such fliers, 3.) The advert...
by dcollins
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30939

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

dcollins: You're right. For the comic to be accurate, you need to implicitly restrict the scope to commercial advertising (to cover your points 1 and 2), and change it to "their expected value for the money they will gain by you seeing it (most likely from you, possibly indirectly) is $x/(N+1)...
by dcollins
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30939

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Okay, so this is what got me to register for the forums: I would argue that panel #2 is either wrong, or at least overly broad in its wording. Here are some counterexamples I can think of why someone would advertise something "free" and not have a positive "expected value for the mone...

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