(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣
A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History
Katherine Bode's superb analysis of ~10,000 works of fiction in the National Library of Australia’s Trove database. Open-access.
Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽
Discussion on overfitting in cluster analysis
Gelman on (not) using BIC for estimating number of clusters in a mixture model. "I think BIC is fundamentally different from AIC, WAIC, LOO, etc, in that all those other things are estimates of out-of-sample prediction error, while BIC is some weird thing that under certain ridiculous special cases corresponds to an approximation to the log marginal probability."
Free/libre and open-source software 🌺
A section from PayPal's API style guide. Useful examples.
Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺
On Weaponised Design
On UX in an era of surveillance capitalism. "User Experience Design has blossomed from a niche industry in the halls of Silicon Valley’s early startup darlings to a force that architects our digital lives. Today, user experience design is wholly responsible for modelling human expression and self identity, and enabling interaction and participation online. Design today shares as much in common with information security research as it does with behavioural science or aesthetics. By failing to criticise common design practices or form cooperative relationships with other technology fields, user experience designers are effectively refusing to recognise and respond to traumatic cases of its own work being used to harm users."