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By gzt (Sat May 10, 2014 at 07:13:57 PM EST) gzt, guitar, choir, death, jazz, regression (all tags)
Friday Night in San Francisco - Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de  Lucia. Fantastic album.

I feel like I'm giving out too many high grades. But the grade distributions on all the tests have been, like, 18 people get an honest A, a few people get a little less, and then a ton of people get 70 and below. And it's the same 18 at the top every test, pretty much. So what are you going to do? Make a harder test? The median of the final was 68. So was the mean.

I took a final yesterday. It went okay. I was doing fine going in and it's a class that people from other departments take, though it's also very handy. The test results usually have a few high scores and then a long tail, and we've surmised that the high scores are, of course, the statistics students. I did a mediocre job on the take-home exam - literally doing it at the last minute - and still tied for the third highest score. I was busy. Anyway, the exams have tended to be a lot like the practice exams. A lot. Even then, though, I feel silly about something. There was a question about deriving the maximum likelihood estimates for factor scores by regression on the practice test, and I was like, yeah, whatever, you have multivariate normal things, it's just regression - condition on this, here's your covariance matrix, yada yada. Then, whaddaya know, the problem came up on the test. So a couple details got fast and loose because I was spending most of my time on the other stuff. But it was like, is it L or L^T there? etc. C'mon, it was on the practice test, I looked at it intentionally knowing it would be on there, and I still whiffed it a little.

I was digging through other old guitar stuff and ran into my Tuck and Patti CD. He has a unique style and she has a pretty good voice : This isn't their best, it just showcases his odd style.

Other stuff in life: apparently I have support for the idea of moving to regular "choir binders" for the choir instead of the odd arrangement we have now. Perhaps we'll be on multiple-options-for-fixed-portions-of-services sooner than I thought. Or not. At least we'll be able to support the idea.

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yeah, that's an amazing album. by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat May 10, 2014 at 09:10:03 PM EST
both of those 'guitar trio' albums are on my top ten list.

(btw, you should go to stanford.)

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