Being Unbiased When Base Includes Individuals Unwilling to Share Personally Identifiable Information

Lets say we want to perform a survey. It is on a politically sensitive topic. 75% of the people (made that up out of thin air) are willing to share some personally identifiable information (PII) if they know it is anonymized (e.g. no easy way for their feedback to be tracked back to them). But …

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Being More Productive with Quora Using Python

I asked my first question on Quora way back in 2011. Since then I’ve asked another 560 questions and written 209 answers. I use Quora regularly and don’t see that changing in the near future. Unfortunately, I’ve found Quora’s usability has decreased as the volume of content I’ve created (particularly questions) has increased. I know …

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What Would the Consequences Be Of Discontinuing Short Selling via Something Like WallStreetBets?

I’ve been watching the developing story regarding WallStreetBets and the “little man” taking on the “big guys” by purchasing loads of GameStop (and to a lesser extent AMC) stocks forcing large investors to take significant losses to close out their shorts. I’m curious what would be the consequences – positive and negative – if WSB’s …

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What Causes This Cloudy Glass in a Picture Frame?

Some friends of mine have a piece of framed artwork they’ve owned for ~20 years. At some point point (without apparent provocation) the glass became streaked / cloudy. The overall appearance is cloudy, a closer examination shows an almost spider thread intricacy. One would think the glass had been cleaned inappropriately and the cleaner had …

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Organizing Those Digital Documents

Lets say one has a large number of digitized documents (receipts, invoices, letters, etc.) that have been labeled generically by the capture software (e.g. a camera app on a smartphone). An example file name might look something likes this: “2020-10-10-MGHZTVMXTT.jpg”. Now lets say one wishes to avoid the rather unpleasant task of renaming all of …

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Looking for a Dictionary

I’m looking for an (English) dictionary, but not just any dictionary…This dictionary should: Exclude definitions of basic words (e.g. dog, cat, and, the) Not be exhaustive in its coverage of words (e.g., excessively domain specific words – 21-hydroxyprogesterone, 3,5,3′-triiodothyronine) Provide more descriptive definitions in contrast to limited but more numerous definitions of a single word. …

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