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MeFi post: The Secret Service will rest easier without you around on our south lawn
After all this time, I think they ran out of myths to bust.
posted to MetaFilter by Chocolate Pickle at 11:40 AM on March 9, 2016
MeFi post: Find a separating hyperplane with one weird kernel trick!
Ad hominem, there are two questions here: why does the hashing trick work, and why would you want to use it.

Let's start with the second question. The reason the hashing trick was invented was to deal with an annoying problem in machine learning: as the number of features used in your model starts growing, the old algorithms break down, scale-wise. Take random forests: they are wonderful for all kinds of things, but you try to shove e.g. 10^8 sparse... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by blindcarboncopy at 9:17 AM on April 8, 2013
MeFi post: The Codeless Code
ibfrog: I think the lesson is you shouldn't count on the size of a variable to protect the value it can expand to.

Does Java have the ability to define the bit width of an integer?

Just because you think its a broom doesn't mean it can't be used to beat you.

Leave me out of this.
posted to MetaFilter by IAmBroom at 12:41 PM on July 3, 2012
Ask MeFi post: Is it better to buy a house or rent a place, considering the current economy?
I'm guessing you're just scratching the surface of making this decision. Should you wish to look at this in strictly economic terms, try this. And don't forget the advanced settings.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Kwantsar at 5:09 PM on October 19, 2008
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