Monthly Archives: October 2014

Probabilities in Knockout

Recently, my two youngest nephews have started playing basketball.  Several weeks ago, I taught them– along with my wife– how to play Knockout, a game I remember playing at the various basketball camps I attended as a kid.  The rules … Continue reading

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Calories in, calories out

Introduction How do we lose (or gain) weight?  Is it really as simple as “calories in, calories out” (i.e., eat less than you burn), or is what you eat more important than how much?  Is “3500 calories equals one pound” … Continue reading

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No, diversity does not generally trump ability

I am pretty sure that my motivation for this post is simply sufficient annoyance.  I admittedly have a rather harsh view of social “science” in general.  But this particular study seems to have enough visibility and momentum that I think … Continue reading

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The discreet hotel manager

The following puzzle deals with storage and search strategies for querying membership of elements in a table.  Like the light bulb puzzle, it’s an example of a situation where binary search is only optimal in the limiting case.  I will … Continue reading

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