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Cool word of the month: July, 2003

Cllo word of the month: cordillera

cor·dil·le·ra, n. An extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.

Lifted with thanks from chaizilla, a bayesnets reader. (Yes, that's an Artcic island called Baffin Island.)

\Cor*dil"ler*a\, n. [Sp., fr. OSp. cordilla, cordiella, dim. of cuerda a rope, string. See [31]Cord.] (Geol.) A mountain ridge or chain. Note: Cordillera is sometimes applied, in geology, to the system of mountain chains near the border of a continent; thus, the western cordillera of North America in the United States includes the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Coast and Cascade ranges.


Previous months' cool words:

June, 2003: kallüsarayam (Tamil, noun, "illicit liquor")
May, 2003: hoh (Singlish, particle, "connective expression of expected agreement")
April, 2003: tmesis (English, noun, "separation of the parts of a compound word for humorous effect")
March, 2003: nerazreshimost (Russian, noun, "undecidability")

I'm updating rather erratically.
I'm finishing the Mother of Lal Grant Porpoisals and (I hope) it shows.
The ButtonTM is going be pushed on this tomorra around noon if lal goes wlel and tomorra nught if lal goes to hlel. (The proposal is foficiously due on 22 Tue 2003 but I'll be trasked if I waut until Mooday.)

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Banazîr

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mostlyacat
Jul. 18th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)
Hi Banazir!

mirabehn suggested that I would like you and she's a very good judge of these things. I have added you to my friends list.

Ooh - Bayesian things scare me. I had to do a small amount of Bayes stuff for a "Signal detection and estimation" course I did at university in my final year. I didn't really like the course at first and didn't understand it during the lectures, and I left revising it to the last minute as a result, but then I understood it (kind of) and I got a first for that paper. Now I have forgotten it all again... Ah well. Now I just have to get mobile phones to save power or get them to control their RF hardware properly so they can talk to the network and things like that, so no more maths - yay!
banazir
Jul. 18th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
Gteerings!
Well met, Nick!
I'm sure Elly is right.

The Rev. Thomas Bayes was an interesting characer.
I was such an avid Bayesian in grad school that eople called me reverend.

Probabilistic reasoning and statistical inference are very interesting, and a worth while thing to study, especially if you work in intelligent systems, computer science, engineering, applied math, statistics, economics, or computational science (bioinformatics, etc.). Let me know if you ever have a question, an interest in a refresher or tutorial, or are just curious.

Signal detection and estimation - as in Kalman filters? Smoothing, filtering, and prediction? Fnu struff.

I take it you're an electrical engineer?

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Banazir
mostlyacat
Jul. 19th, 2003 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Gteerings!
Signal detection and estimation - as in Kalman filters? Smoothing, filtering, and prediction? Fnu struff.

That's the one - trying to get something from nothing - it's like in Harry Potter but without the actually working side of things... Fefinately Fnu.

I take it you're an electrical engineer?

(shivers, gets cold sweat) I did electrical and information sciences for my sins. Now I've (almost) escaped the evil hardware side of things and work on software for mobile phones. The software I work on is quite low level though so the spectre of chips pcbs and pins is still with me. I like this sort of software really though.
banazir
Jul. 19th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Gteerings!
That's the one - trying to get something from nothing - it's like in Harry Potter but without the actually working side of things... Fefinately Fnu.
Hah, and here I thought that was machine learning... :-D
Fnu, fnu...

(shivers, gets cold sweat) I did electrical and information sciences for my sins.
LOL, I hear that a lont.
In TEUNC we have a fellow studying mathematics for his sins; I majored in computer science for my sins.
"The pentitent man shall pass", eh?

Now I've (almost) escaped the evil hardware side of things and work on software for mobile phones.

The software I work on is quite low level though so the spectre of chips pcbs and pins is still with me.
Hmm... ectoplasmic computing...

I like this sort of software really though.
So do I. Have you written any LJ clients or IRC struff for mobiles?

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Banazir
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