Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Recommendations from Vincent Van Gogh

So I read alot. A real lot. Mostly when I have time to burn and I am sitting around at home. Sometimes only 5 minutes sometimes an hour. Most of the books or authors I enjoy I have read. Also, many of the books of that have been written by similar authors. I have come to place were it has become difficult to find a good book recommendation and I resort to choosing random books. Almost.

I have been reading Dear Theo an abridged version of Vincent Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo. Here is an unabridged version free to read ! Which is crazy. Now I think I will start reading that instead. Though I do love holding a book. Anyways, through these letters I have felt as if I am in conversation with him. He even mentions the books he enjoys reading including Les Miserables... but also Fritz Reuter's My Time in Prison (
Ut mine Festungstid) but unfortunately I cannot find it in English. The humorous thing is that this is not the first time I have taken book recommendations from someone dead. Maybe this is the best way to go about it?

I tried the GoodReads website but it recommended me some awful books. I think it is because of the seemingly random genre's I read. I like John Steinbeck and Sci-fi and Non-Fiction and I also read a Nicholas Sparks book once. I never read Harry Potter or Twilight though. That is based on moral grounds. Well not really. I just have no interest.

I have been studying alot about prediction lately and using machine learning. What I have found is that the reason that some predictions are not good is the lack of data. For instance. If I say I want to predict how many 20-30 year olds will buy a dress in the next year. The first feature you should want is sex, male or female. Just having that one feature changes my prediction capacity drastically.

Anyways, I will write a post up soon about predictions. I need a book recommendation now.

Also, still no luck on Post Docs. 0-3 at the moment but I hear some of my colleagues are 0-20. YIKES!