Precision, Recall, and Inclusivity

[This is a guest post by Talia's girlfriend Annie, who is maintaining this blog while Talia is away at Middlbury Language Schools] In my last post on here I mentioned that my job involves writing programs that identify important information from text documents. When testing these programs, there are two main ways of evaluating the accuracy of their output:…

The Ghost in the Machine in the Chinese Room

[This is a guest post by Talia's girlfriend Annie, who is maintaining this blog while Talia is away at Middlbury Language Schools. Also, I'm sorry this post is a couple days late; I've been really busy this week.] The “Chinese room” is a famous thought experiment in philosophy of mind that argues that, no matter…

Why Names Have Power

[This is a guest post by Talia's girlfriend Annie, who is managing this blog while Talia is away at Middlebury Language Schools.] In his memoir, physicist Richard Feynman shares an anecdote about going birdwatching with his father as a child: One kid says to me, “See that bird? What kind of bird is that?” I…