Philosophy & Religion Science

Philosophy Monday: On the Origin, Propagation and Cause of Variations

Darwin’s On the Origins of Species provided a vivid and practical mechanism to explain how variations within a species can be selected for. This mechanism became known as natural selection or, perhaps less accurately, survival of the fittest. Although Darwin’s natural selection mechanism was not novel—Malthus described a similar mechanism as actively limiting a population’s […]

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Computer Science R Programming Science

Analyzing YSI data through clustering

Update 10/13/15 – Minor improvements to code and an update to the latest findings. CTD data (conductivity, temperature and depth) from a YSI provides a quick and methodologically simple way to estimate the current water column state by, literally, dropping an instrument off the side of a boat. During each deployment the YSI records the […]

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Markov Chain Monte Carlo: A Practical Introduction

Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation sounds, admittedly, like a method better left to professional practitioners and the like; but please don’t let the esoteric name fool you. MCMC, as we like to call is, is a powerful yet deceptively simple technique that can be useful in problems ranging throughout science and engineering. Since this promises […]

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Daily Dose Tallahassee

Home Workshop

Over the last couple days I’ve been working pretty hard trying to get a home workshop together, and I wanted to share the progress I’ve made. My house has an attached 1 car garage which also houses both the laundry area and the trash bins, so space is a bit tight. Let’s jump right in […]

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Computer Science Daily Dose R Programming

Which Witch is Which

This post is an elaboration of an iRKernel Notebook which can be found at http://misc.tkelly.org/Which_Witch.html. For a previous article on the iPython Notebook, see here. Every programming language comes pre-packaged with certain basic functions, or methods, that are considered standard. These generally include methods for sorting objects, conversions between basic types (e.g. integer float string), […]

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Art Daily Dose

Photos of Photos

I’ve discovered a new technique in post-processing images that I feel holds a lot of promise when making prints that you want to be captivating and expressive. To save you from the details here are a few examples of the results. Since I am no artist I make no claims for the images except that I like […]

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Sunday Gardening

Continuing what now seems like a weekly tradition, I took care of some of the yardwork on my TODO list this morning. When at it, I decided to upgrade the plants off the front of my front porch since the four that were there are either dead or dying.  

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