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is cool, and I'm curious to see if there's such a thing for outside of the sciences.

Are any of you familiar with any groups that support , or scholarly work and conduct among persons outside of ?

what tools do you use for personal academic 'project management'? tracking status of papers/studies, stuff to read/prioritize reading, tracking cfps and conferences of interest, various sizes of to-do lists...? one tool or a toolkit of varied apps?
(doesn't necessarily need to be shareable, but some parts could extend to co-author communication)

Oh! This is a nice paper summarizing a lot of information about prior choice in Bayesian models. It's targeted at ecologists and the kinds of models they tend to use, but useful outside of ecology I expect.

@bthall @invaderxan Do you have any good suggestions for how we *should* organise such papers as pdfs?

Word of caution. If you, like me, save PDF copies of papers to a directory called "to read" or "unsorted" or similar, try not to let them accumulate.

This advice brought to you by that one scientist who just spent literal hours sorting through a folder full of several hundred papers.

It'd be kinda cool if a statistical programming language / package provided checks on whether one's use of methods is theoretically proper or not.

Recently I managed to realize that I was planning to plot some of my personal finance data in a way that would suggest that path dependence isn't playing an important role in it, when it quite likely is.

I was checking some of the seeds I'm germinating, and look! This orange seed is polyembryonic!

Polyembryonic seeds are basically what happens when a plant has twins, and one seed contains more than one embryo. Some plants (like some types of mango) always grow seeds like this. In my experience, it's unusual in oranges though.

Last night I gave a short presentation at a meetup, and it went pretty well. I demonstrated that you can easily use interactive widgets in #Jupyter notebooks to explore a problem and present the notebook in a way that is useful and less worrying to code-averse users (hides code, retains text and interactivity via the "appmode" extension). I showed this with #Python but included that this works in #Julia, too.

You can see the presentation notebook here:

Someone: one of the perils of free education is that you might very well end up like mastodon user sargoth

Me, in the background: it rules

lovely scholars,

please would you help a fellow mastodonian out? she's super close to completing her masters but is still short for tuition fees!

One of the things I'm learning this year is building up a base of people with similar interests

Partly so I can show them stuff which is cool but niche, but also because it's so much less lonely than when I was going, "This is a Cool and Unique Interest That I Shall Pursue Alone!"

@nimirea My first big mentor made me feel like a peer. That was huge for me, and made me approach my discipline in a totally different way. Sometimes we fail individually, but if you get a sense that you are collectively striving towards some ideal, you can also see how things can be worthwhile.

It also taught me that you have to be intellectually generous and admit your limits.

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I would appreciate a #julialang podcast, but I haven't found one yet. I'd rather not be one of the first to regularly podcast about it. 😅

Fans of , I have a fun problem / for you (I've been trying it): suppose that you want to rise to the level of receiving a passive income such that you can honestly suggest that you earn pennies (>1) while you sleep. With a p of 0.1, how many pennies might you need to earn within a 24 period? I imagine that there's different ways of solving this.

@bthall you can have another point of view with Nelson Goodman paradox 🙂

hey all -- The Center for Open Science is seeking graduate students, post docs, researchers and academic faculty to participate in survey to investigate the factors that affect the perceived credibility and use of preprints.

It's 20min & you don't need to have posted a preprint in the past to take it:

It's passed IRB also -- IRB Protocol Number: 2192.

Thanks & feel free to pass this on to interested parties!

#scholcomm #preprints #survey

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Couldn't get back to bed, so I'm up reading through some books and papers.

I'm a bit stumped after reading an short overview of Hume's "problem of induction" and Popper's response to it (Popper responds by being all-in on deductive reasoning). But from how I'm understanding Hume, we should be skeptical of deductive reasoning insofar as our acceptance of it as an effective tool(?) is based solely in our past experience.

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