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Intension and Extension in Python

{n|0≤n<20 . n is even} intension = (n for n in range(20) if n % 2 == 0) <generator object> extension = list(intension) [0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18] Advertisements

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Every Time I Fire a Linguist Someone Cooks Me a Delicious Osso Buco

My career as an artificial intelligence engineer began in a master’s program in linguistics. There I memorized the International Phonetic Alphabet, played hunt-the-allophone, read the literature on control verbs and code switching, and generally made a good faith effort to … Continue reading

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Haiku From the Golden Age of Computing

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Word Vectors, Gender Bias, and Postmodern Computing

You shall know a word by the company it keeps. —J.R. Firth Popular press reporting on scientific findings tends to be sensationalistic and oversimplified so I approached the recent Guardian article “AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals” … Continue reading

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For the Sake of the King

Write a computer program to play chess. It doesn’t have to play particularly well, just display an ability comparable to the average human being who has some aptitude for the game. What is the point of that? Computers have been … Continue reading

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IDEs are Code Smell

Pretty much every computer programmer uses an Integrated Development Environment. Pretty much everyone has their favorite: Eclipse, IntelliJ, Sublime Text, Emacs, Vim. There will never be consensus on which is best. Fortunately there doesn’t have to be. The wide variety … Continue reading

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I Dream of Digits

Boltz the robot can read digits. If you hold up a handwritten digit in front of him, Boltz will say it aloud. “Two. Five. Two. Seven. Zero.” He is as good at this as a person is. The only digits … Continue reading

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