Monthly Archives: June 2011

Unlocking Boxes: A Prisoner Puzzle Variant

I had an interesting discussion about the recent prisoner puzzle post, which reminded me of another nice problem that has a similar feel.  This problem is of the sort that can be tackled from a few different angles, from computer simulation … Continue reading

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Re-Measuring Morton

“Unconscious manipulation of data may be a scientific norm.” – Stephen Jay Gould “You’re just a woman with a small brain.  With a brain a third the size of us.  It’s science.” – Ron Burgundy, Anchorman The subject this week is … Continue reading

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Reddit’s comment ranking algorithm

On a web site where users rate the quality of– well, just about anything, from consumer products to comments on news articles– with positive or negative “votes,” how should the rated items be sorted so as to present the higher-rated … Continue reading

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