Summer: been informed that if a couple more people sign up for the Intro Business Stats class this summer, they'll need another section and I'll teach it. The current plan is less money to do some TA crap and I'll start on my MS thesis. To do: talk to some people in the next couple weeks to see if they have projects that I can work on.
The project I'm working on for my stat computing class is trying out a new idea for k-means image compression. Not sure how it will go, but we have high hopes. I was kind of interested in another project for the course, too, which seemed a little overambitious, on using Andrews curves for data visualization (see this web-log for a discussion of what they are: http://rip94550.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/andrews-curves/). Maybe I'll look into that for the summer?
Got a free lunch the other day. Thanks Obamacare! Some sort of company with Big Data in health insurance is trying to set up a research partnership with the department, will fund research. Big Data, lots of supervised and unsupervised classification problems, almost all of it is categorical. Could be some interesting problems. They would definitely like my resume. Downsides: SAS shop, I thought I escaped friggin' health insurance.
I ran into one of my students at the gym. Awkward. He has a decent bench, I've seen him do 275 easily and he looked like he had a lot more. Fortunately, today was heavy day on squats, so I had nothing to be embarrassed about. Last week, I ran into some students on light bench day and I felt like I should've apologized, saying, "No, really, I can bench more than 205, guys... guys...". Fortunately, he were benching less, so it wasn't so bad.
I wanted to try some kind of pop for my coding marathon because I wanted a cold source of caffeine - tea gets to you after a while. After going through some diet cherry colas, I decided to give the generic stuff a whirl. So I tried the "diet cherry". It actually tasted pretty good, but it turned out to be caffeine free. It was merely a cherry pop, not a knock off cherry cola (eg, not a knock-off of Cherry Coke or Wild Cherry Pepsi). I am disappoint. So I tried, just to see how it was, "Diet Dr. Hy Vee". It tasted crummy. I decided, why not, I might as well try "Diet Cola". That... was the worst. It tasted like RC filtered through somebody's anus. So I'm back 100% on tea.
Best part about reading the news this week is how even nice people are being totally racist about Chechens.
R Studio is a nice IDE for R, but I'm definitely shifting more toward even doing my R programming in Emacs because R Studio doesn't behave enough like a text editor. Okay, they've actually put in a vim mode, but I chose Emacs.
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