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Consequence
You cannot escape consequence. Consequence is the unavoidable effect of action.  People seem to think that freedom is a right to escape consequence.  But freedom is recognized by society to provide individuals the power to take care of their responsibilities, not to escape them.  Because consequence cannot be avoided, when individuals try, those consequences are bourne by everyone else.  Society must then... Read more →
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Romance
The line between romantic and pathetic is tenuously thin.  … to be truly romantic, you have to be willing to risk being truly pathetic. Read more →
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Knowledge
Knowledge is not power; Knowledge is leverage, and the proper application of leverage is power.  But the improper or clumsy application of leverage is dangerous to the wielder and those around them in the extreme.  Read more →
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Statistical Learning is not “Learning”
New techniques are named to provide an intuition of their process.  All techniques built upon it are colored by the original terminology.  In time, those techniques come to color the terminology itself, slowly supplanting the original meaning with the new one. Introduction Sometimes a discussion about word usage is an irrelevant exercise of ego.  Other times, word usage becomes very important, as... Read more →
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Failures of Statistics
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” The assumptions underlying statistical processes, and statistically based learning algorithms in particular, naturally prevent the induction of correct causal models that explain the physical production of data in any given experiment.  Nonetheless, these processes are used for this purpose and resultingly explain data in both a limited and incorrect manner. Researchers... Read more →
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Adventures discovering an English Affix Grammar
The goal of this project is to determine if english affixes (prefixes & suffixes), (or words more generally) can be stemmed into micro-affix forms through an automated, statistical process (hierarchical clustering and distance).  If so, we would like to determine both the classes the lexical alternations belong to, and their transformational characteristics. Example: +ed “ed” may be referred to as a time... Read more →
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