Can a fart be fatal? Let’s see what science and OSHA have to say.
Claude Shannon’s A mathematical theory of communication is
an oft cited classic in information theory. Let’s dive in and try to
tease apart the “why”s that are often overlooked when people build on
top of the introduced theory. They are definitely things that I didn’t
consider to be obvious without the benefit of reading the paper.
Where does the Poisson Distribution come from?
A little bit of research1 tells us that the distribution was originally introduced by Abraham de Moivre in 1710 in an article called “On the Measurement of Chance, or, on the Probability of Events in Games Depending Upon Fortuitous Chance” 2 (not the original title).
A few steps that will get us there is laid out below.
Let’s start with a simple “rate” problem.
Large projects accumulate a large number of issue reports over time.
This is normal. Typically for a “successful” project the rate of new
issues being reported will exceed the rate of issues being fixed. Hence
But what are they to do about this ever-growing pile of bugs?
Hank Green’s Crash Course YouTube channel has an excellent series
about navigating digital information. It’s an excellent guide to how
internet users could intelligently consume information they see on the
internet. These are my (incomplete) notes from the series.