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That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Quotes, Writing

You nod and watch her. She is an exceptionally beautiful girl. You think of that old saying Show me a beautiful girl and I’ll show you someone who is tired of fucking her. You doubt you would have ever tired of her, though.

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Overfit Models – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Overfit Models – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Modelling, Quotes, Statistics

But the overfit model scores those extra points in essence by cheating—by fitting noise rather than signal. It actually does a much worse job of explaining the real world. As obvious as this might seem when explained in this way, many forecasters completely ignore this problem. The wide array of statistical methods available to researchers […]

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What You Can’t State Your Innocence, Proclaim Ignorance – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on What You Can’t State Your Innocence, Proclaim Ignorance – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Data, Prediction, Quotes

Nobody saw it coming. When you can’t state your innocence, proclaim your ignorance: this is often the first line of defense when there is a failed forecast.

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Men May Construe Things After Their Fashion – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Men May Construe Things After Their Fashion – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Data, Prediction, Psychology, Quotes, Statistical Inference, Statistics

[But] men may construe things after their fashion / Clean from the purpose of the things themselves,” Shakespeare warns us through the voice of Cicero—good advice for anyone seeking to pluck through their newfound wealth of information. It was hard to tell the signal from the noise. The story the data tells us is often […]

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Loyalty and Judgement – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Loyalty and Judgement – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Criticism, Quotes, Writing

He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgement.

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Stronger at the Broken Places – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Stronger at the Broken Places – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Love, Quotes

Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes, afterwards, many are stronger at the broken places.

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The Discipline of Hunger – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Discipline of Hunger – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes

Hunger is good discipline.

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Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Love, Quotes, Travel

Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Newspapers, Quotes, The Media

In those days may people went to the cafes at the corner of the Boulevard Montparnasse and the Boulevard Raspail to be seen publicly and in a way such places anticipated the columnists as the daily substitutes for immortality.

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Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes

By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.

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