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by Baxter
Sat May 15, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Geting started with natural language processing.
Replies: 6
Views: 2879

Geting started with natural language processing.

Can anyone recommend good starting points for getting into natural language processing particularly query understanding? I've been playing around with nltk for python (which is very cool, if sightly annoyingly mixed in with python primer stuff) and would appreciate any other resources anyone could t...
by Baxter
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031302

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Posi wrote:Trying that last one out.


Ram or a drive are much more fun.
by Baxter
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 59494

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

I didn't say I hated anyone, I said it didn't change the facts.
by Baxter
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 59494

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

A more accurate version.

Image

Doesn't change the fact that Newton was a bitter old homosexual.
by Baxter
Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Parsing braille
Replies: 6
Views: 1242

Re: Parsing braille

EDIT: apparently there are rules. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braille#Braille_transcription - the bad news is they look like they're too complex to implement automatically You'd not need to implement the full set, as the page says increasing levels of contractions are used by more advanced Braille...
by Baxter
Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Visualising Data
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: Visualising Data

Which dataset are you referring to? The census stuff is freely available on-line the US stuff is here: http://www.census.gov/popest/datasets.html Lots of sources for many crazy meteorological measurements for the British Isles here: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/bi.html The Forum analysis was scr...
by Baxter
Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Visualising Data
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Visualising Data

I'm really enjoying playing around with processing at the moment and using it as a method of visualising data I've mostly been playing around with census and weather data but there's some interesting things to be done with forum postings, for example this is a diagram of how often users quote each o...
by Baxter
Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Image hashing
Replies: 7
Views: 2878

Re: Image hashing

I've done quite a bit of research into this and I found the approach of averaging out squares to be of little real use, being off by a pixel or a few too many artefacts in a dark area can throw your results I ended up using Harr Wavelet decomposition helpfully handled and demonstrated by isk-daemon:...
by Baxter
Sat May 09, 2009 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0581: "The Race: Part 5"
Replies: 89
Views: 19105

Re: "The Race: Part 5" Discussion

Mr. Smiles wrote:Epic finish. Clearly, it's up to fanfic writers to recreate those last few panels.


Surely you mean "other fanfic writers".

:D
by Baxter
Fri May 08, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Wolfram|Alpha
Replies: 77
Views: 10428

Re: Wolfram|Alpha

According to the blog they 'opened up access to a small test cluster' official date for launch is May 18th.
http://blog.wolframalpha.com/
by Baxter
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting Good Data From Users
Replies: 0
Views: 360

Getting Good Data From Users

Pah, Nothing more soul destroying than asking a client "Do you trust this data?" and then being told "No it's routinely filled out wrong" I'm working on a project in which I need to get forms filled out by users every month, the trouble is apparently engineers don't know how to f...
by Baxter
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Website Backend Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Website Backend Advice

Platform? By that I assume you mean the language? I''m moving the scraping part to Python using Beautiful Soup this at least allows me to use threading to scrape pages concurrently with start and pause commands being sent to it by writing to a text file which is checked at the end of every page scra...
by Baxter
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Website Backend Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Website Backend Advice

The scripts themselves are DOM parsers and Image download/Thumbnail creation scripts, they can't be run directly from the browser because for one the exceed the memory limits for PHP5, they take up to 15 minutes to fully complete. My current method is to navigate to a password protected page which r...
by Baxter
Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Website Backend Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Website Backend Advice

I'm developing a web image scraper as part of a college project and wanted to ask your advice. I've started implementing it in PHP & MySQL but have hit a bit of a problem with the backend, Currently I'm running the scraper scripts by executing PHP scripts with shell execute but it's a little cob...
by Baxter
Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Checking for Image Similarity
Replies: 4
Views: 1866

Re: Checking for Image Similarity

Thanks guys, Wang's work seems a little too in depth as it seems to be matching text searches to the images which I dont' really need, at the moment I'm trying this using the php backtick operator to get imagemagick to do the hard part: This seems to do a convincing job of separating the foreground ...
by Baxter
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Checking for Image Similarity
Replies: 4
Views: 1866

Checking for Image Similarity

I've recently been cobbling together a (PHP) website for a college project and wondered if you guys have any ideas on a specific part of it. The site itself is a screen scraper that (considerately) downloads images from various image boards and other lurking places of visual content, obviously casti...
by Baxter
Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python 3.0
Replies: 43
Views: 3992

Re: Python 3.0

I'm proud to admit that 'that matrix thing' was the first thing I ever made in python. Yes this does seem to be an issue with text-wrapping as the insertion of a newline character every n characters removes the problem completely. On a semi-related note, does anyone know of a way I can draw characte...
by Baxter
Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: VBA scripting outside of office, and a rather rude request
Replies: 6
Views: 1120

Re: VBA scripting outside of office, and a rather rude request

The VBA macro-creation interface appears as a rapid-development interface with drag and drop controls, so this part should be pretty simple, all the properties can be edited via the gui with drop down list contents entered as a list (I belive it's newline delimited but it depends on which version of...
by Baxter
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python 3.0
Replies: 43
Views: 3992

Re: Python 3.0

A bit of a strange one i've just noticed: import random while True: print(random.randint(0,1),sep="", end="") produces not the expected constant scroll of ones and zeros but rather a second's worth of bianary vomit followed by a half second of pause and then more bianary vomit, p...
by Baxter
Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0516: "Wood Chips"
Replies: 70
Views: 13420

Re: "Wood Chips" Discussion

Dissecting comedy is like dissecting a frog, it can be really interesting if you want to know how it all works, but you still kill the frog.
by Baxter
Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Beating the Turing Test
Replies: 46
Views: 9443

Re: Beating the Turing Test

Ask them if they think that written communication can fully represent human conciousness, or ask them why they flipped that tortoise over on its back. The problem is that "No." and then "I just feel that way." are valid responses you would expect from a real person to the first ...
by Baxter
Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Beating the Turing Test
Replies: 46
Views: 9443

Re: Beating the Turing Test

Ask them if they think that written communication can fully represent human conciousness, or ask them why they flipped that tortoise over on its back.
by Baxter
Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 5215

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Whistle. It was a eye-catching video I recalled, a dim memory as I said, I think it's obvious that a video of 7 year old processors no longer represents the behaviour of the current generation. Anyone who is basing their current opinions on the reaction hardware displayed during a rare situation tha...
by Baxter
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: good python dev enviroment
Replies: 11
Views: 1286

Re: good python dev enviroment

I've never found anything better than IDLE, purely in my own opinion obviously.

Wait!, Compiler?
by Baxter
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device
Replies: 4
Views: 4237

Re: Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device

Problem solved: http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic10416.html This thread gives details of a custom HID-Keyboard filter driver which converts any key presses on the keyboard it's installed for to extended scancodes such as the '1' key which usually has the scancode 2 sends the code 102, these can ...
by Baxter
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting uses for an IO board
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Re: Interesting uses for an IO board

it has 10 outputs so that's not quite enough to control a keyboard controller (11x8 grid) anything truly adventurous would require me to make/buy a daughter board but with the minimum operation time restriction it's still not that useful. Am I misreading you, or are you wanting to control 88 bits w...
by Baxter
Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device
Replies: 4
Views: 4237

Re: Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device

I thought just about the same would be required, perhaps writing skeleton drivers I'm giving the thing a poke with SnoopyPro at the moment and will report back.

Wish me luck.
by Baxter
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device
Replies: 4
Views: 4237

Using secondary keyboard as customizable control device

I can't seem to find any reference to anyone trying this anywhere on the internet so perhaps there are basic hardware limitations. I have a second USB keyboard and I started thinking as to if it's possible to use the keys as what would amount to programmable quick keys. So that for example I could p...
by Baxter
Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting uses for an IO board
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Re: Interesting uses for an IO board

On a related note, does anyone know of any packaged actuators that would be suitable for strumming a guitar string?
by Baxter
Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 5215

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Incredibly vague post follows: I have a dim and hazy memory of processors being run without their coolers which resulted in one of the major players producing smoke and the other simply throttling back to maintain operation. I'd hate to guess which one was witch for fear of offending anyone. As mosc...
by Baxter
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting uses for an IO board
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Re: Interesting uses for an IO board

It's a nice little board, the minimum time for reading or writing to any of the inputs or outputs is ~20ms which reduces my options for many of the more interesting blackbox interface things I could do with it, it's all DLL calls so it's not as if anything is that hard to accomplish programatically ...
by Baxter
Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting uses for an IO board
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Re: Interesting uses for an IO board

Really? Surely either tcp/ip protocol is chock full of redundant data or there is some kind of mechanism to 'blur' the transmission details to that the light represents average activity, I can see the light switching on and off surely the raw data is being sent at a much faster speed than my eye cou...
by Baxter
Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48441

Re: Terminology

Nevermind NZ and Japan, Korea (both of them combined) is blatantly just an upside-down England.
by Baxter
Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting uses for an IO board
Replies: 9
Views: 2259

Interesting uses for an IO board

Hello there all, http://www.velleman.be/images/products/0/small/k8055.jpg I've just dug out my k8055 IO board (http://www.velleman.be/ot/en/product/view/?id=351346). Back in the day I used it for an A-level physics experiment but I feel a little guilty about letting it gather dust, my first thought ...
by Baxter
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 153191

Re: What OS do you use?

Sadly they don't make VS for linux so at home I dual boot XP and Slackware on my desktop, with Ubuntu on my Netbook. I also keep a USB stick with a persistent install of BackTrack with me most of the time, y'know, for the kids.
by Baxter
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Selling your labour...Rent a Coder, oDesk et al
Replies: 7
Views: 1541

Re: Selling your labour...Rent a Coder, oDesk et al

I have read job submissions and bids occasionally for a chuckle. That would be quite a funny thread all to itself. Yeah they do all seem to fall into either: A) Pittance for a job that already has an excellent free alternative (Or built into [Insert your Office Suite here] in the case of mail merge...
by Baxter
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 159596

Re: Project Euler

Try to strip all of the problems down to the bare minimum required, can you isolate any cases that you're sure you don't need to test? Try to define tight upper and lower bounds to all of the problems If you're searching thought a list of numbers and one of the conditions is that the result must be ...
by Baxter
Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Selling your labour...Rent a Coder, oDesk et al
Replies: 7
Views: 1541

Selling your labour...Rent a Coder, oDesk et al

Does anyone have any expedience with these sorts of sites there seems to be a very strange mix of jobs to be found on them, crazy things like people wanting anti-virus software written by the hour, people wanting mail merge recreated in VBA. I thought this would be a good way to give me a little bit...
by Baxter
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: next item in loop, in subloop?
Replies: 9
Views: 1676

Re: next item in loop, in subloop?

In Python if its an ordered collection (i.e. str, list or tuple) you can use: for k,v in enumerate(collection[:-1]): prevVal, currVal, nextVal = collection[k-1], v, collection[k+1] You can then use prevVal, currVal and nextVal to access the previous and next items in the array, more if you define mo...
by Baxter
Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Joomla Templates
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Re: Joomla Templates

sqrt(-1)<3pi wrote:Share the wealth, it's what open source is for.


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