在一个阴沉的下午看完了这本书,不知从哪儿开始了.

一个人,不是英雄.

特别是Siren那段,能诱惑人投之以生命的音乐,那是什么呢?对美的好奇,和对自己目标的认识,让他把自己绑在船上,渡过这段险滩,却又聆听这摄魂的旋律.不知道在渡过之后,是否有人愿意回去,沉溺在那里.

但是不是每个人有这样的明确的目标,不是每个人有这样的机智.这Siren之歌,对你我又是什么呢?

下一阶段:The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

## Sunday, June 22, 2008

### Odyssy

## Friday, June 20, 2008

### 模型:万恶的考试制度

To determine one’s life with a single exam is gambling. Now let’s look at it from school’s point of view. Next time we'll see how it will effect your life from a student's position.

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Model 1: assume students can be divided into 2 groups, good(G) and bad(B), with each number n1 and n2. Denote student in G as g_i, and b_j for student in B. Divide results into two levels, good (G1) and bad(B1). If g_i or b_j in G1, then let it be 1, otherwise 0.

Assume iid , P(g_i =1)=p1, P(b_j =1)=p2. Let i=1,…, N and j=1,…,M.

Then P(sum(g_i,b_j)=n, for all i and j)=………

In real world, at least in china, there is static standard G1. What really matters is the order statistics, which seems not easy.

So the other point of view is the top school will choose randomly from the good students pool G1. Then the interesting question is just the probability that among those chosen students, given an acceptable percentage of good students.

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Model 2: assume students can be divided into 3 groups, G1, G2 ang G3. While results have 3 levels R1, R2 and R3. And for a student g^i_k in Gi(k=1,..,N_i), the probability that ends up in Rj is p_ij. Assume the statistics of the number of students in Ri to be X_i, which are the ones we are interested in.

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Model 3:extend the subscriptions. G1,G2,…G_s. R1,R2,…R_t. P(g^i_k in R_j)=p_ij, k=1,..,N_i. X_j=#{ g^i_k in R_j}.

Problem: P(X_j = n_j)=? , and its inverse problem.

An simplification is assume s=t, and p_ij=0 for any abs(i-j)>1.

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Model 4: extend model 3 to continuous situation, Assume all students consists of a complete order set, that is, all of them can be ordered in a line as to tell, any two of them can be compared with a definite result. We can assume that everyone has a definite mean for this exam, so we can compare their means.

Define the statistics as the number of students fall in the certain region. Assume everyone’s score has one’s own distribution, which is a too subtle job, so we can assume certain distribution, which is determined by the mean of the student’s score. Then the question is again the behavior of this statistics.

Some candidates for the distribution:

Uniform, of course just a naive guess.

Linear, whose pdf has the shape of capital lambda.

Normal, maybe…

Double exponential, just heard about it……

Anyway, it is also a possible property that distribution is not symmetric, especially near the boundary. Or just truncate it.

In terms of details computation, please help yourself.(and let me know your opinion or results, have fun~)

## Friday, June 13, 2008

### 访问坡岭斯顿

前几周,有很多事,工作上与老板易理力争,请假出来这里开会,初步定了8月上旬去听课瞻仰大牛.很多东西咋一看不可理喻,就像我已经差不多可以工作,却又把之后的四五年钉死在校园一样,很多时候,要想着骰子一点的背后是六点.