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Friday, April 01, 2016

Caution with False Patterns

A favorite topic of mine, and a nice piece on caution about finding patterns in data.  Our brains are wired to find patterns, for survival and efficiency.  Worth repeating ...

The inherent clumpiness of randomness
Finding patterns isn't really a question about random processes; it's a question about the human brain. By Mike Loukides  

I've always been interested in random processes. I steered away from writing a Math Honors essay in High School about randomness: that route certainly lead to madness. But the fascination with randomness has persisted, and particularly with what I call the "inherent clumpiness of randomness."  ... "

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