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Open-mindedness... "How Intellectual Humility Can Make Us More Curious, Reflective & Able to Learn More: Read the Findings of a New Study"

The traditional method for forced rhubarb goes back nearly 200 years.

Rhubarb is planted in fields, fertilised well with manure, and left to grow pretty much wild for 2 years. During this time, it'll store a ton of energy in its roots as carbohydrates. Then at the start of Winter, the rhubarb is moved somewhere warm and completely dark.

In the darkness, the plants start to grow vivaciously, converting those carbs into sugars. As a result, it's sweeter and more tender than Summer rhubarb.

I found what appears to be a major data entry error in the Drugs@FDA database

Or rather, about 1400 data entry errors

If you have reproducibility issues with Jupyter notebooks you should give a shot to Nextjournal (

Here's a great presentation of the platform by the company CEO

Academic life, that means conferences. They are an important part of science: Many of my collaboration projects were thought up at a conference or brought into a public form for one. We may (and should) find other ways to present our work and network with potential new colleagues in the future, but for now it means I sit at the airport to fly half around the globe and back to meet other people doing the same, which is clearly not sustainable. What ideas for alternatives are out there?

Econ, social group decision making, inequalities 

It's always fascinating to hear someone utter an idea or set of #ideas that you've had but not heard others talk about. Yesterday, I had an experience like that while listening to the #podcast episode below. The guest and I seem to both want for more #economics #scholars to think in a what-if manner and make real the things that they suspect would provide significant societal benefits. Sort of entrepreneurial scholasticism.

164: Nicholas Gruen on Data Sharing and Reform in Economic Thinking by Economic Rockstar #nowplaying

@bthall if i'm not mistaken, this already exists. for example, if you're in a julia shell, you can type


and you get this:
help?> ≥
"≥" can be typed by \ge<tab>
search: ≥

>=(x, y)

Greater-than-or-equals comparison operator. Falls back to y <= x.


julia> 'a' >= 'b'

julia> 7 ≥ 7 ≥ 3

julia> "abc" ≥ "abc"

julia> 5 >= 3

: Docstrings for math functions/operations. With you can use Unicode, so you could even use general purpose symbols for function names.

@bthall I would try visualising the data points from both perspectives. I've found RapidMiner a good software (non free for productive purposes) for doing this. It allows you to apply most data science algorithms, visualize them and find connections or new data points. Once I find a good representation of my data, I can move the actual implementation to something more efficient (R, Numpy, scikit, etc)

For people here familiar with or , have you heard of methods that bring together the two approaches?

For analyzing my wiki's contents I could analyze the explicit linkages between articles with graph theory and the implicit linkages with text mining, but I wonder about how much better it'd be to analyze both graphs. I think that in textmining creates a graph representation anyway, so it may just require tools for integrating two related graphs.

Agricultural Econ / Sociology Question 

I'm current tinkering with the #Wallabag #android app to see if I can get #MathJax rendering working in it to nicely render mathematical equations written in #LaTeX. So far I have the base script running on my phone, but I didn't realize that I need to load in a bunch of additional files to get it to work, so I'm working on getting the additional files loaded in. Not bad progress for a guy that barely understands #AndroidStudio. :D

Scientific conference poster sessions: what you need to do.
Step 1: Remember to bring your poster with you.
Step 2: Make sure it's securely fixed to the board.
Step 3: Stand nearby in case someone has questions.

I have been experiencing an inverse Dunning-Kruger effect over the last few years. I have realized that literally everyone is better than me at something, and so I am much better off collaborating with them than trying to work on my own.

@bthall In broad strokes, yes, but the devil is in the details.

I suspect that I've run into a situation where designing and running simulations is relevant.

I came up with a basic formula that I think might provide a simple way of inferring something about a statistical distribution, but it'd be nice to produce a way of testing my idea against generated distributions. :)

Do any of you have experience with this manner of thinking? Is this indeed what people do when they use simulations?

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)

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