So, I’m reduced to this, am I?

via Man-Matt:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal… along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

First book at hand: My MSc. Thesis (1998). As luck would have it, p. 123 is a graph with a one-line caption. (“Figure 4.18 – Comparison of QS vs. flattening angle for some natural biotites [Shabani 1998] with the main sequence of figure 4.17.”)

Second nearest book at hand: Numerical Recipes in C, 2nd Ed. (1992)

We are also given an array x1a[1..m], and an array x2a[1..m].

I imagine maybe some people have books where a random sentence has neither code nor equations in it?


  1. christine said,

    August 25, 2005 @ 6:03 am

    You couldn’t post a problem could you ? I first year University maths problem with a worked answer. I need some maths! Like the band aid post.

  2. bobthegoat said,

    August 25, 2005 @ 3:33 pm

    Okay, the book nearest my hand is “Introduction to Artificial Neural Systems” which I have never opened until this moment. The sentence continues for two-and-a-half paragraphs with the only periods being decimal points. Either capitalization is wrong, or the sentence ends at the first formula:

    The trained classifier should provide the following classification of four patterns x with known class membership d
       x1 = 1, x3 = 3, d1 = d3 = 1 : class 1
       x2 = -0.5, x4 = -2, d2 = d4 = -1 : class 2
    The single discrete perceptron [sic?] with unknown weights w1 and w2 as shown in Figure 3.14(a) needs to be trained using the augmented input vectors below (etc., etc.)

    Lighter reading surrounding me includes “The Switch Book”, “The Cartoon Guide to Statistics”, and “Practical Cryptography”. Maybe I should have answered this at home… :)

  3. JIM said,

    August 25, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

    One of the first things my surpervisor told me when I started thesis/paper writing, is that indented equations need to be punctuated the same way they would be if you wrote them inline. For instance,

    The trained classifier should provide the following classification of four patterns x with known class membership d:
      x1 = 1, x3 = 3, d1 = d3 = 1 : class 1, and
      x2 = -0.5, x4 = -2, d2 = d4 = -1 : class 2.

    So I’d say that the capital after the equations indicates the sentence was supposed to end with the equations. Clearly the “Introduction to Artificial Neural Systems” boys need better editors!

    BTW, bob, forgive me you’ve mentioned it before, but what kind of stuff do you do?

    [Edit: Hey, cool, the blockquoting works in the comments!]

  4. RabidChipmunk said,

    August 29, 2005 @ 1:50 am

    “It offers no resolution, simply reminding us that we can never win”

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