Three days I have slogged, trying to figure out the answer to a very simple question:

How many times do you need to hear a new word accompanied by its referent before you can consistently pick out the referent, given the wordform?

It turns out that this depends on: similarity between referents, similarity between wordforms, and many other task-based factors. If I had more zeal I would propose a review article, if only to justify the slog time.

would really love a standardized, searchable database of all human behavioral experiments published

something with fields like:
- task
- measurement
- population
- independent variable

Ableism words, long, splitting hairs perhaps 

writing, religious (Christian) allusion 

as starry-eyed as i get about language 

pronunciation, names 

@rusty There are some species of songbird that have "critical periods" for learning songs, and they learn those songs from other members of their species. this means that they develop dialects! also, if you keep them in isolation during the critical period (a few months after hatching), they'll develop abnormal songs (which will then become regularized by future generations!)

youtube.com/watch?v=r5_ZSnFDPR

tips, reading, regrets 

abortion rights, Alabama, US politics, donation request 

reinforcement learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence, evolutionary algorithms; "suicide", "cannibalism", "suffocation" (of artificial agents) 

reinforcement learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence, evolutionary algorithms; "suicide", "cannibalism", "suffocation" (of artificial agents) 

ACL conference ++ 

ACL conference ++ 

apparently my fonts were just, like, mis-specified this whole time and i had no idea because my default fonts were pretty

now with less Times New Roman!

nimirea.com

git, social science, blog post 

used to be really impressed at really long lit reviews that cite like 50 papers. like how can you write multiple articles a *year* like that??

turns out these people have been citing the same 40 papers in every article, and just keeping up with the latest research and incorporating that as they go along

still impressed, but it doesn't seem impossible now :)

keeping yourself safe, cops 

RT @MIT_CSAIL@twitter.com
Left: MIT computer scientist Katie Bouman w/stacks of hard drives of black hole image data.

Right: MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton w/the code she wrote that helped put a man on the moon.

(image credit @floragraham@twitter.com)

#EHTblackhole #BlackHoleDay #BlackHole

Los Angeles, politics, surveillance 

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