A Zero-Math Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods


Just what I need.


The Maths of Randomness

Martin Hairer writes for Plus Magazine about probability, Bayesians and frequentists.

The maths of randomness

I really like the section about Bayesians vs frequentists. I wish there was more on this topic.

For mathematicians, = does not mean equality

Math ∩ Programming

Every now and then I hear some ridiculous things about the equals symbol. Some large subset of programmers—perhaps related to functional programmers, perhaps not—seem to think that = should only and ever mean “equality in the mathematical sense.” The argument usually goes,

Functional programming gives us back that inalienable right to analyze things by using mathematics. Never again need we bear the burden of that foul mutant x = x+1! No novice programmer—nay, not even a mathematician!—could comprehend such flabbergastery. Tis a pinnacle of confusion!

It’s ironic that so much of the merits or detriment of the use of = is based on a veiled appeal to the purity of mathematics. Just as often software engineers turn the tables, and any similarity to mathematics is decried as elitist jibber jabber (Such an archaic and abstruse use of symbols! Oh no, big-O!).

In fact, equality is more rigorously defined in…

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