Earlier I promised to write about my favorite posts that are not necessarily my most read posts. Here are 11 that I enjoyed writing:
- Betty Crocker 1st edition cookbook (1950): the first edition wasn’t just a collection of recipes, it was a guide for immigrants for assimilating to American cuisine and eating customs. Not a lot of OR in this one, but I promise you’ll find more OR in the other articles.
- There are biases in predicting temperatures (there is a bias toward accuracy in predicting hotter temperatures than normal) and snowfall (small snowstorms are exaggerated while large snowstorms are not). Biases in forecasting should be taken into account when, say, coming up with models for weather-related decision-making under uncertainty.
- Are squirrels optimizers or satisficers? The squirrels near me are not good at assessing risk or avoiding cars but if they were, we humans may be in trouble 😉
- My post-Super Bowl dissection of why the Patriots’ decision to let the Giants score a touchdown made sense.
- My first silent movie: the best part of this post were the silent movie suggestions for months to come (thank you readers!)
- Running, cheesecake, and OR: names matter
- Is London ready for the Olympics? I wrote this blog after exchanging some emails with WSJ journalist Carl Bialik about queuing at Heathrow. Carl included some of my responses in our conversation on his blog (Link).
- What are the odds of winning the lottery two times? I enjoyed the comments to this post, which taught me that one can indeed make a living by playing the lottery.
- On pirates and operations research. My former undergraduate and podcast partner is now trying to work pirates into his OR dissertation.
- Five articles about women in engineering.
- Benford’s law post: why leading digits of numbers are not (discrete) uniformly distributed. I finally understood Benford’s Law after it was indirectly brought up in class.
Go here to find the top 11 most read Punk Rock OR blog posts.
November 30th, 2012 at 9:11 am
I enjoyed reading these old posts and really enjoy your blog overall. Thanks!
November 30th, 2012 at 9:13 am
Thank you for your nice comment (-:
December 3rd, 2012 at 8:52 am
All of these articles are great! However, I can’t believe the pirates podcast made this list. I had a great time making that with you, and I just wanted to let you know that things are really moving forward on that front.
December 3rd, 2012 at 9:03 am
Richard, that is why the post is one of my favorites — our podcast helped to inspire your dissertation topic. That is a first for me.