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Providence: Machine Learning At Stack Exchange

At Stack Exchange, we’ve historically been pretty loose with our data analysis.  You can see this in the “answered questions” definition (has an accepted answer or an answer with score > 0), “question quality” (measured by ad hoc heuristics based on votes, length, and character classes), “interesting tab” homepage algorithm ( 1,137 more words

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Facebook Statuses: A Curated Configuration

The following are a series of Facebook statuses I posted between Fall 2011 and Spring 2013, sorted into categories for easy access.

On Adulthood:

IT’S 10:53 AND I’M MAKING POPCORN FOR DINNER CAUSE I’M AN ADULT AND I DO WHAT I WANT… 1,294 more words

Facts

Backward Flow

Originally published on October 24, 2014, available at http://www.unwinnable.com. All rights reserved.

The trike is a pixellated metal cock crawling across the desert. It penetrates the darkness at the edge of my vision, tracing a tiny path across the planet’s golden skin, dark granite clefts, orange rashes of spice blistered with red sores ready to burst. 2,435 more words

Games

Do you have schizophrenia?

Do you have schizophrenia? Do you relate better to people’s strange delusions rather than to the people themselves? What people who have never been psychotic don’t understand: Even when in your best state of mind, conversations are toe-curling. 369 more words

Thoughts

Recommended Because You Watched Live Executions

I’ve been thinking a bit recently about the relationship between form and content. Is the triumph of extrinsic design elements over intrinsic creative ones — the kind of thing Brendan Vance describes in ‘ 572 more words

Videogames

The Circles of the Sword

The sword is an inanimate object. It would be wrong to say that it “wants” to move in certain ways. But it does. It totally does. 727 more words

Theory

Session 2 Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. We had eight students, which is almost double the number we had last week. I expect that different people will be able to attend on different days of the week, which is why I rotate days. 216 more words

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