posts tagged misc

My literature review process

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Being able to do a thorough review of the academic literature is a pretty useful skill, and there are lots of topics I’d like to see a review of. So I’ve written up some notes about my process in the hope that they inspire you to do some literature reviewing of your own.

Surviving an open-plan office

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In the depths of an open plan office, you learn many things. You learn how impossible it is to write computer programs with conversation in the background. You learn which of your coworkers care about how much money Warren Buffett has. But most importantly, you learn the tools of survival.

Here’s what I know.

Why I left Harvard early

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Last July, I finalized my decision to go on leave of absence for my senior year at Harvard. Thanks to my advanced-placement credits, I’d still be able to graduate with the class of ‘15, but I wouldn’t spend the fourth year on campus.

Two open-source music books

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Today I’m excited to make available the code and downloads for two books of music I’ve collected for my periodic singing parties: one book of carols (Github, PDF) and one book of rounds (Github, PDF). I’ve used them for enough singing parties that I think I’ve worked out the worst of the kinks, so it’s time to release them.

Links V: Art, Aristotle and American Fuzzy Lop

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The New Development Economics • A computerized art critic • Word vs. LaTeX • Rescuing Aristotle • The sand trade • American Fuzzy Lop

Probability, uncertainty, and markets

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I think that refusing to quantify your uncertainty is not only reasonable, but can be the optimal move, once you move from an abstract setting of “probabilities inside your head” to the more concrete environment of “probabilities that you would like to base actions on.” The rest of this post is an explanation of that position.

What happened to all the non-programmers?

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“As I looked around and realized for the hundredth time that I was surrounded by people exactly like me, something inside me snapped. I downloaded the latest American Community Survey microdata, fired up R and started calculating feverishly.”

Valuing intelligence

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Some thoughts prompted by Scott Alexander’s post on feeling bad for not being as smart as other people.

Spiders and starfish

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People keep citing this statistic that only 1% of federal spending is evidence-based

Donation matching survey

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I’ve been thinking about how people raise money for charity, and recently I’ve been wondering about how people perceive donation-matching offers. I’d love it if YOU, dear reader, could help me out a little by filling out a short survey about this. I think the results will be very interesting and will inform a lot of decisions, so any help would be appreciated!

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