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Using American Idol to Choose Kidney Transplant Recipients?

Don’t laugh.   De Grote Donorshow was a real show that aired in the Netherlands that used an American Idol-style public voting system to determine who should be a worthy receipt of a kidney (see a YouTube video).  Or was it? The program involved a supposedly terminally ill 37-year-old woman donating a kidney to one of […]

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Quotation of the Day

He in his madness prays for storms,  And dreams that storms will bring him peace. Mihail Lermontov, as published in Family Happiness by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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The difference between ‘health’ and ‘heart’

The answer is 2. How do I know know this?  Simple, I applied the generalized edit distance algorithm.  This algorithm measures the similarity between two words or phrases (i.e., strings). Measuring the distance between two words is useful for search engines, handwriting recognition, and speller checkers. To understand how the generalized edit distance works, read […]

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The Truth is much too Complicated to Allow Anything but Approximations

I think that it is a relatively good approximation to truth — which is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations — that mathematical ideas originate in empirics.  But, once they are conceived, the subject begins to live a peculiar life of its own and is … governed by almost entirely aesthetical motivations. In […]

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Creativity

“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.” – John Cleese.

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It is easy to be great

“The consistent work enhanced my act. I learned a lesson: It was easy to be great. Every entertainer has a night when everything is clicking. These nights are accidental and statistical: Like lucky cards in poker, you can count on them occurring over time. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after […]

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Quotation of the Day

“Where there is no Standard there can be no Improvement” – Taiichi Ohno

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Quotation of the Day

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. — Old Proverb

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Healthcare Economist Off

The Healthcare Economist is taking a one week vacation to Maui.  Posting will resume Monday July 9.

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Be right back…

The Healthcare Economist is taking a vacation to Sweden and Spain over the next week and a half.  Blog posting will resume by Monday, September 12.

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