Archive for date: July 15, 2004

More Math and Baseball

July 15, 2004 | Baseball | By: Mark VandeWettering

Bukiet and Harold wrote a paper entitled A Markov Chain Approach To Baseball, which details their use of Markov models to study hitting order and the effect of trades in baseball. Yang and Swartz wrote a paper entitled A Two-Stage Bayesian Model for Predicting Winners of Major League Games uses a much smaller set of […]

The Mathematics of Gambling

July 15, 2004 | Books I Read, Games and Diversions | By: Mark VandeWettering

Thorp’s book, The Mathematics of Gambling, is apparently available online with permission of the author. Thorp is of course the author of the classic book Beat the Dealer, to which an entire generation of card counters owe their heritage.

Phonecam Art Show

July 15, 2004 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

SENT is a Motorola Sponsored phonecam art show. If you click the link, you’ll see new photos every five seconds, many of which are pretty darned cool. You can take good pictures with mediocre cameras. My wife does similar things with her Sidekick photoblog.

The Yolo Reflector, a booklet by Arthur Leonard

July 15, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

On an unrelated search, I discovered that Arthur Leonard’s treatise The Yolo Reflector had been scanned and made available, including translating all the mathematical formulas into MathML. A very nice job! I have copy of the dead tree version that was mailed to me by Leonard, and it’s good to see this nifty work get […]

Software That Lasts 200 Years

July 15, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Dan Bricklin, one of the co-inventors of Visicalc, has posted a nice article entitled Software That Lasts 200 Years. He points out that software which helps form societal infrastructure is necessarily concerned more with the long term and total cost of maintenance, and is poorly served by the normal business models which are common in […]