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by andqso
Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I need a 101 in Computational Linguistics...please help!
Replies: 5
Views: 2863

Re: I need a 101 in Computational Linguistics...please help!

Everyone I know in our NLP group swears by Jurafsky and Martin (http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~martin/slp.html). I've only skimmed it, but if you want to do CL then this would be a good place to start.
by andqso
Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College letters?
Replies: 16
Views: 2196

Re: College letters?

I remember being very excited to get "recruited" like this from a number of big-name schools. As it turns out, most of the ivies and various other high-profile schools send those mailers out to a much broader audience than they actually plan to accept, in order to get more people to apply ...
by andqso
Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

gedtheflayer wrote:Makes me wonder if anyone has done cell biology experiments in zero gravity conditions.[/off topic]


What do you think we're spending so much money on the ISS for?
by andqso
Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

HistidineTheCat wrote:Now THAT's a whole new can of worms you just opened there! :)


Seriously, though. It's one of those things (like evolution itself, I suppose) that seems so obvious to us but isn't really.

After all, it's not necessary for reproduction.
by andqso
Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

The whole notion of sex is always the one that blows my mind. "Hey guys, let's make our offspring more fit by delaying reproduction in order to randomly exchange genetic material!"

But it works.
by andqso
Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

Still can't figure out the platypus (didn't know about the 10 sex chromosome thing - that's wild!), but the wikipedia page gives hints. Apparently they're over 100,000 years old, with "close" relatives Teinolophos and Steropodon being over 110 million years old. The genome was just publis...
by andqso
Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I'm going to cry now. (Worst code EVAR)
Replies: 59
Views: 10515

Re: I'm going to cry now. (Worst code EVAR)

I've got a summer job that involves a lot of work on Excel spreadsheets that they use as analysis tools. EXCEL IS NOT MEANT FOR WRITING HIGHLY INVOLVED ANALYSIS TOOLS. One column of cells has this little gem for a formula: =IF(ISERROR(IF(A29="";"";ROUND(AVERAGE(OFFSET(H15;MATCH(&...
by andqso
Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

Wikipedia says: Mitochondria divide by binary fission similar to bacterial cell division; unlike bacteria, however, mitochondria can also fuse with other mitochondria.[42][57]. The regulation of this division differs between eukaryotes. In many single-celled eukaryotes, their growth and division is ...
by andqso
Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: WALL-E
Replies: 231
Views: 29502

Re: WALL-E

Also,

Best. Closing. Credits. Ever.
by andqso
Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44054

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

One example of evolution that I find pretty amazing is mitochondria. They are thought to have originated as separate organisms in a symbiotic relationship with cells. They were able to produce energy more efficiently so eventually they were hijacked as the method of energy production and became par...
by andqso
Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]
Replies: 54
Views: 5862

Re: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]

Which is how occupation works, by intn'l law - that's not indicative of a problem of separation within the gov't of Israel (although rather annoying, considering the extended need for occupation, and the settlers' annoying tendency to... settle). I think that is certainly a situation where the gov'...
by andqso
Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]
Replies: 54
Views: 5862

Re: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]

Well, that's precisely why it's "almost" complete - there are a few laws that touch on religion, but barely so. In fact, Israel doesn't actually have an official religion (Britain, by the way, does). Specifically, the two laws that touch on religion are those of the law of return, which g...
by andqso
Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: uniquely linux gnome theme
Replies: 9
Views: 3284

Re: uniquely linux gnome theme

I change themes on a pretty regular basis but find myself coming back surprisingly often to Clearlooks. That being said, I'd also recommend checking out some of the themes that are available with the Aurora engine. It's still a little rough around the edges but puts out really nice stuff and is pret...
by andqso
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]
Replies: 54
Views: 5862

Re: How I wish I understood... [USA and Israel]

This includes almost complete separation of church (or synagogue ^_^) and state I don't know that I would say "almost complete." On a basic level, yes; certainly to a greater extent than in Iran or that lovely system they have in Lebanon, but as long as Israel remains a Jewish state it se...
by andqso
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: postmodernism: yea or nay
Replies: 51
Views: 8510

Re: postmodernism: yea or nay

It's worth remembering also that the postmodernist movement is not limited to philosophy but exists in art, literature, architecture, etc. While I can't speak to the philosophical aspect I do believe that it has validity as an architectural movement. Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in ...
by andqso
Sat May 17, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Java Schools vs Scheme Schools
Replies: 31
Views: 6002

Re: Java Schools vs Scheme Schools

UC Berkeley has a great introductory sequence (Disclaimer - I am not a Berkeley student, but I've spent a lot of time in the CS department during high school) where they do: 61A: Scheme - major programming paradigms (a lot of functional, but also OOP and even a little declarative programming) 61B: J...
by andqso
Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Have you read SICP
Replies: 31
Views: 15226

Re: Have you read SICP

They use this for one of the intro programming classes at UC Berkeley as well. Excellent book.
by andqso
Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Chanukkah!
Replies: 4
Views: 1691

Happy Chanukkah!

It's dark where I am, so we can begin.

Just wishing everybody a happy Festival of Lights, and reminding everybody to appreciate the daily miracles taking place around them.
by andqso
Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do the Theists explain the holocaust
Replies: 278
Views: 20179

Re: How do the Jews and other Christians explain the holocaust

It should be noted, of course, that many Jews lost their faith in the concentration camps.
by andqso
Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Have you ever used the values for e or pi as a password?
Replies: 44
Views: 5762

Re: Have you ever used the values for e or pi as a password?

I have been known to use the square root of two.
by andqso
Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: what IDE on linux?
Replies: 25
Views: 3048

Re: what IDE on linux?

While I wholeheartedly recommend vim, if you're looking for something VS like you might consider Code::Blocks, Eclipse with the C++ plugin, or Anjuta.
by andqso
Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 61841

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Not a math problem, but an amusing answer: Our school requires seniors in the AP English class to sit for the AP exam whether they want to or not. One of my friends had already been accepted to a school that didn't give any sort of credit for the AP English test, so he decided he might as well enter...
by andqso
Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: (or, Java as a second language)
Replies: 5
Views: 1436

(or, Java as a second language)

I'm curious if native English speakers have any noticeable advantage over others when learning to program. Initially, I would imagine that there's no advantage, since programming languages (with the notable exception of COBOL and friends) don't really resemble any spoken language, being exclusively ...
by andqso
Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2415629

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Been lurking for a couple weeks; just noticed this thread.

Jacob,

17,

California,

and satisfying some desperately-needed geek interaction on this thread as there's only one other person at my school who appreciates this comic.
by andqso
Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best package management frontend
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

Re: Best package management frontend

Code: Select all

alias ac='apt-cache'
alias acs='apt-cache search'
alias ag='sudo apt-get'
alias agi='sudo apt-get install'
alias agr='sudo apt-get remove'


APT is beautiful.
by andqso
Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: word manufactory
Replies: 46
Views: 7096

Re: word manufactory

There was a running contest that the Canadian Broadcasting Corp put on in 2007 looking for "wanted words" like this. My personal favorite: Amalgamot (n.) The combining of French and English words with similar meanings to create a two-word phrase that means nothing. eg Clous-nails laine woo...
by andqso
Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Java and the web
Replies: 6
Views: 1727

Re: Java and the web

Applet-izing shouldn't be that hard unless you've got security issues (unlikely, if it's a chess game) and spares your friends having to download all of the extra javaws stuff.
by andqso
Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What editor do you use?
Replies: 124
Views: 21524

Re: What editor do you use?

* points to the Editors thread in Religious Wars * :) In all seriousness, though, I've found vim to be a great editor. It takes some getting used to, but I've been amazed how much faster it makes you just by not having to leave the home row. (and I should not that I just tried to finish this post w...
by andqso
Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What editor do you use?
Replies: 124
Views: 21524

Re: What editor do you use?

+1 vote for vim

Sit around and watch all of your EMACS-using friends develop carpal tunnel while you suffer nothing more than a distended left pinky.

* points to the Editors thread in Religious Wars * :)
by andqso
Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to learn java for cs ab test?
Replies: 11
Views: 2884

Re: How to learn java for cs ab test?

Having taken the test as a sophomore a couple years ago (I studied for it independently), my only other recommendation is not to spend too much time on the Marnie Biology Case Study. It can seem like a huge amount of material to cover, but it's a relatively small part of the test and they give you n...

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