Acum exact 10 ani, adresam cateva intrebari prezidentiabililor de atunci, despre viziunile/ ideile/ planurile lor privind cercetarea stiintifica din Romania. Articolul original a aparut pe portalul online ‘Romania Libera in Viitor’ (RLIV), mai tarziu transformat in ziarul online ‘ACUM’, si poate fi citit in PDF aici. → Read more
- Serious fight on evolutionary theory ground. The bulk of evolutionary theorists seem to be set on taking Nowak et al to the guillotine, but there is also a small minority of fans: among them, my former Tinbergen Institute colleague Matthijs van Veelen (see a picture of him from when he was older, wiser, sporting a big white beard; NB: yours truly is the junior black-and-yellow fellow at his left, learning on the job) and his co-authors have a nice correspondence in Nature supporting Novak et al.
Since I am in the middle of some very interesting discussions and experiments concerning this topic: it really does look like the difference in speed between the different multi-core/multi-processor Stata/MP versions is considerable. Right now I am performing a comparison exercise* with my friend and co-author Miguel, where, it turns out, a number of certain estimations with a 8-core Stata/MP 11 take
about 10 almost 15 times less real time (I know, I hardly believe it myself) than (almost) the same estimations done with a 2-core Stata/MP 11. → Read more
A couple of books I have read within the past few weeks, most of them on my Kindle 3G device(*):
- The third and the seventh: imagination materialized or Alex Roman’s computer generated art. Via Michael Nielsen.
- Staying in CG: meet Julia Map, of Google ancestry. And since we’re here, read how the fractals changed the world –which was in a way also part of the obituary to Father Fractal, Benoit Mandelbrot, who passed away a couple of months ago; see a better one from the Economist.
- Greg Mankiw seems to be arguing for a European-type separate master + PhD graduate Econ program– such as those at LSE, Oxford, Pompeu Fabra, Tinbergen Institute, and (I guess) the newish Paris School of Economics entity– rather than the US-type graduate PhD package, which comes with a (usually elective) master on the way (that is somewhat ironic, given the desire of the typical high-aspiring European place to ultimately emulate the US top places).
Sharing information in scientific research: yes/no/when. Interesting, but the analysis here is applicable only in the context of some sciences (arguably, not most). Moreover, sharing by means of co-authorship is discussed at best indirectly (if one is willing to expand on their repeated interaction game thread…).
If you’re not going to die of laughter before that, you will when the Dacia Sandero appears (and overtakes them) :-). Oh, and this gem from Clarkson is to save for further reference: “If Simon Cowell came here [Mamaia, Romania], they’d put him on income support“. → Read more