Monday, September 23, 2013

The Kaufman Decimals

In his brilliant post (read it!), Ben Orlin introduced Kaufman decimals as follows, if

0.(4) = 0.444444444444444444444444444444444444444....,

is a number where the fourths go on forever, then

0.(4)1 = 0.44444444444444444444444444444444444444....1,

is a number where the fourths go on forever and, afterwards, there’s a one.

Imagine writing the number 0.(4)1 into a grid. You fill the first line with fourths and then write "1" into the second line like this

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Facebook brainstorming


This blog has been sleeping for a long time. I moved from Prague (Czech Rep.) to Bar Harbor (Maine, US) and spent the last month doing paper work and settling down.

I am glad to note that Mining Facebook Data: Most "Liked" Status and Friendship Network was the 56th most read post on R-bloggers last year and its coverage on Revolution Analytics' blog Visualize your Facebook friends network with R made it to Top 10 most popular 2012 posts. Hope, one day my research papers will receive the same level of publicity.

Meanwhile, I think about other low-hanging fruits:
  • Quantify who "likes" your posts most, use it as a distance in the Friendship Network
  • Based on TED Talks that you liked in past, predict whether you will like next one (instead of TED Talks, one can look for movies or anything similar)
  • Automatic birthday wish posting
Any other idea? I will implement one or two of those and post here the codes.