Day: 2010-09-12

Quicklink: OKCupid’s ‘statistical distinctness’ analysis

“We selected 526,000 OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people’s profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group’s essays statistically distinct from the others’.”

Endangered Sunday: North American Bumble Bee

I’ve never seen a Bumble Bee in nature. I’ve seen plenty of imported European honey bees (some of them in the wild), and plenty of Australian native bees (which are mostly solitary, so no hives for them – our few social species are stingless, which is nice).

But we don’t have Bumble Bees here, so I’ve missed out…