Sun, May 17, 2020
I often need to look up random bits of ML-related information. This post is a currently work-in-progress attempt to collect common machine learning terms and formulas into one central place. I plan on updating this post as I come across further useful pieces of information as needed. This reference is not intended to be exhaustive—in fact the opposite—it is intended only to be a concise, opinionated collection of the most relevant bits of ML knowledge for quick lookup.
Thu, Apr 2, 2020
After researching Vanguard funds vs. ETFs I still haven’t found a good resource that lists in detail the benefits and downsides of each.
A Vanguard mutual fund is provided and managed by Vanguard. You can only buy Vanguard funds on vanguard.com or over the phone. A Vanguard Exchange Traded Fund is packaged up like a stock and its shares can be traded on any market with any brokerage account. This is my attempt to compile a comprehensive list of tradeoffs.
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
I think the most effective way to learn a language is to prioritize learning the day-to-day most frequently used words. Picking words to study in order of frequency is the optimal way to maximally increase your marginal understanding of the language for each successive word you learn.
To that end, I took a dataset of Weibo (China’s Twitter) posts and ranked all words that appeared in the dataset order of frequency.
Wed, Mar 11, 2020
The end of the pain cave. Note: the clock time in the picture is for a different race. 😆 I PR’d my half marathon at the Napa Half!! Yeahh!!!!
Old PR: 1:31:37 at the 2019 Kaiser SF Half. New PR: 1:28:59 (link). Improvement: 2.9% (-2:38) In this post I want to look into the race and more closely analyze what went well, what could have gone better, and what was interesting about this race.
Fri, Mar 6, 2020
The bookmark. A small, flimsy piece of paper or plastic wedged into the latest book you’re reading (unless you deface your books by dog-earing them—but hear me out dog-earers: this essay is still for you). Bookmarks are a convenience I’m guessing you take for granted and to which you don’t give a second thought. In this essay I will attempt to pursuade you to stop using them altogether.
Why?? You ask, would you ever want to eliminate such a simple convenience?