Category Archives: Louisiana

Asymptotically Normal

When I first came to LSU (last millennium) we used 3 separate machines to print, fax and copy, had dial up 4200 baud modems, and only the POTUS and other mobsters had satellite phones. Technology has changed so much and … Continue reading

Posted in accounting, Education, Louisiana, LSU, math | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Joan’s Farrier

Ain’t everybody cut out to be Joan of Arc. The old proverb goes something like this: For want of a nail… For want of a fastener, the buffer between soft feet and rough terrain came aloose and emperilled the mission. … Continue reading

Posted in Continuouse Improvement, Dumbasses, Education, End of the World, family, football, Generation Gap, Goal setting, Louisiana, LSU, music, pets, Politics, Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Badges

Badges are nifty. Tonight I earned the coveted “my mom is an idiot” badge. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t already seen the new STAR WARS movie, ROGUE ONE, don’t go.* Apparently, I am the last person on earth to find … Continue reading

Posted in accounting, Children, Education, gumbo, Louisiana, television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Power Nap

We’re all familiar (or should be) with TANSTAAFL, aka There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. I’ve coined a complementary term: TANSTAAPN. Nothing’s free. Not lunch, not gas station car washes, and most certainly not naps in the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Louisiana, LSU, math, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Log Likelihood

A problem from yesterday: Suppose you observe n iid normal variables from the normal density, X ∼ N(µ, σ 2 ), where σ 2 is known. (A) Find the maximum likelihood estimator of the mean µ. L is for likelihood, where L(θ; … Continue reading

Posted in Continuouse Improvement, Goal setting, Louisiana, LSU, math | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mean Reversion

There’s this theory called mean reversion and it more or less boils down this: things move to the middle. It’s an old idea– what goes up must come down. Yesterday LSU fired Les Miles. As much as his rote play-calling … Continue reading

Posted in Continuouse Improvement, football, Louisiana, LSU, Sports, Statistics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Popcorn Chicken

I remember being pleasantly surprised the first time I had WalMart deli chicken strips. They were pretty good. And so is the fried okra, but neither hold a candle to fresh popcorn chicken with some honey mustard dipping sauce. My … Continue reading

Posted in Camaro, Education, family, football, Louisiana, LSU | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment