Markov chain convergence stats distribution totally looks like phoenix. I think I’ve been thesising too long.
I’m currently in that strange liminality of the dissertation stage of grad school, which means I spend a lot of hours in a little closet in the library cursing quietly. The work is going well—I have little basis to complain—but occasionally I hit some snag with a program I’m writing. For me these headaches seems to happen more frequently in R, leading to events like the following:
I do this frequently enough to have created a bash alias:
But I got to thinking yesterday that a more fruitful approach than advising a hiatus would be a temporary distraction. I decided to write an R function that would show a picture of a puppy and an inspirational quote. Sadly I could not find free APIs that served puppy pictures or inspirational quotes. I settled for cats and quotes from the Dune novels. Now if I feel frustrated, I can call plot.kitty() and get something like these:
You can see the function (which was written sloppily in the span of about 20 minutes) at this GitHub Gist.
I’ve never been to Ethiopia, but my thesis nevertheless is a study of the two species of baboons that come together and hybridize there. I know the baboons only from their DNA, scientific articles, anecdotes, and nature documentaries. Using that last category, I made two GIFs showing the dual nature of Hamadryas baboons for a recent talk. Here’s a male grooming a female:
…and a male neck-biting a female that strayed too far out of his control:
Click on either to see the YouTube video source.