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Comment Re:"Data Science"? (Score 1) 41 41

Actually, don't worry so much about the ego thing. I teach data science, and I am fairly candid about the "b******t" thing. Many other people I know who does "Big Data" knows and admits it's "b******t", too.

As for the skills part... hmmm, you want to pick a fight with me? :)

Comment Re:The problem in the US... (Score 1) 298 298

The top 1% of professors are the likes of Terrence Tao (mostly the entire population of the math departments of the world's universities). The remaining 99% of assistant/associate/full professors fight with the usual dirty tricks:

- knowing people in high places or being supervised by one (the benefits are immense: you can publish in better venues, and get better job offers),
- publishing uncountably many junk articles to boost up impact factor (for either self or for colleagues in the same clique),
- securing grants with buzzword-laden proposals.

Of course, your personal experiences may vary.

Now about that IQ thing and how much it matters. My theory is: "Once you understand higher maths, you're halfway to anywhere" (with apologies to Heinlein).


Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor 478 478

crudmonkey writes "Researchers have discovered a biological shocker: female boa constrictors are capable of giving birth asexually. But the surprise doesn't end there. The study in Biology Letters found that boa babies produced through this asexual reproduction — also known as parthenogenesis — sport a chromosomal oddity that researchers thought was impossible in reptiles. While researchers admit that the female in the study may have been a genetic freak, they say the findings should press researchers to re-think reptile reproduction. Virgin birth among reptiles, especially primitive ones like boas, they argue may be far commoner than ever expected."

Comment Re:Queue the Libertarian Rants! (Score 1) 181 181

Usually in discussions with people on /. the libertarians are moderated down, I wouldn't be surprised to see your comment go down to -1 Troll for no reason other than you have some principles and the moderators hate them.

Except when a post quickly follows and claims that the parent post will be modded down, in which case the parent post will be modded up.

Comment Re:Good advice for all developers (Score 1) 108 108

Ha ha, then you won't be able to publish any paper.

The research world is now filled with researchers who simply don't read others' works, and just keep writing. Even if it's been done before (or even if it doesn't make any sense at all), eventually they will be able to find a venue that will accept the paper, because no reviewer can know everything.

And worries not about citation! Those work will be cited because of exactly the same reasons, or even worse, because the party who cites it has performed work that has been superseded by other more advanced studies, and that shallow paper is the only one that can justify his (equally shallow) work.

Remember, in the end, it's the guy who publishes the most that wins.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"