A new study outlines how the Google PageRank algorithm is used to choose a name for a new child. In accord with mathematicians’ traditional practice, the study does not explicitly name the name of even one child: “Recommending Given Names – Mining Relatedness of Given Names based on Data from the Social Web,” Folke Mitzlaff […]
Left v. Right: How Academics Face-Pose on the Web
A new study, the purpose of which some may find delightfully puzzling, looks at the self-portraits scholars put on their home pages: “How Academics Face the World: A Study of 5829 Homepage Pictures,” Owen Churches [pictured here], Rebecca Callahan, Dana Michalski, Nicola Brewer, Emma Turner, Hannah Amy Diane Keage, Nicole Annette Thomas, Mike Elmo, Richard […]
Engineering: Charlotte’s Web
Google Books classifies E.B. White’s classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web under the general heading “Technology and Engineering” (see portion of their screen, reproduced below). Many readers would agree, one way or another.