I often find myself following missing-persons cases. I am interested in the reasoning behind the use of resources. There can be major deployments of capital during investigations. I tend to wonder which scenarios trigger more spending than others. I also recognize the visceral side of missing-persons cases. There are publicly accessible databases of missing persons in Canada, the United States, and I am certain many other countries. I imagine that it can be difficult to regard such…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on January 1, 2014 at 7:12am — No Comments
In this post, I discuss the basic characteristics of code that I have personally used to extract online data - in a process these days often called data-mining. I intend to cover some general features. Those that wish to do so can also compile the coding samples.
Over the years, I have programmed in a number of computer programming languages including Visual Basic, Perl, Python, and LISP (AutoLISP). The coding samples on this blog are written in Java, my language of…Continue
A prominent discrimination case in Canada involves a firefighter named Tawney Meiorin. Meiorin had successfully performed her duties as a firefighter for many years. She lost her job after the introduction of mandatory testing to determine her fitness for the position. The testing measured aerobic capacity, and it was developed in a manner that many would regard as scientific; that is to say, it used a highly quantitative and analytic approach. However,…Continue
In this blog, I share some images from an application called Storm. I wrote the program many years ago. Storm has the ability to generate 3-dimensional plumes from a stream of data. It also has an unusual feature that allows the user to trade based on the kinetics - effectively eliminating the need to know about pricing. At this time, I would like to draw a clear distinction between trading and investing. I should also point out that I used Storm for recreational…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on November 10, 2013 at 5:58pm — No Comments
The term "critical thinking" is often found in job postings. Some would argue that this essentially means, "Thinking outside the box." Karl Marx, who asserted that labourers represent a class of people, has been described as a critical thinker. Regardless of how a person feels about Marx, it goes without saying that the phenomena of social classes is well-established. Politicians for instance fight for the support of the "middle class." How precisely does such an observation by this…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 30, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments
In this blog post, I describe my early experiences leading me to conclude, data as we know it tends to be "disembodied" - that is to say, often lacking any kind of connection to different types of bodies. When we talk about things…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I have always found the task of converting qualitative data into something quantifiable a bit challenging. A common route might be as follows: assemble all of the resources containing qualitative information (e.g. questionnaires containing open-ended questions); seek out apparent themes in the responses; and quantify how frequently these themes are mentioned or raised. This methodology leaves open the question of when something is or isn't a theme, and whether something must be a theme in…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 25, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments
I have so far encountered two general types of data . . .
This is data that conforms to prescribed criteria. I sometimes describe it has the metrics of criteria or measurements of conformity. For instance, an organization might want to measure something potentially obscure like "efficiency." It therefore becomes necessary to establish under what conditions or criteria something is efficient. I describe…Continue
Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 24, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments