Definition: Optimal Stopping Theorem, Nerd Sniping, Negativity Threshold

Three beautiful concepts today, with equally beautiful uses!

 

Optimal Stopping Theorem

also known as Early Stopping Theorem

A theorem concerned with the problem of choosing a time to take a particular action, in order to maximise an expected reward or minimise an expected cost (i.e. optimal time to stop something, like dating for best chance at permanent or true love). Also widely used in statistics, economics, and mathematical finance. (Wikipedia)

 

Nerd Sniping

presenting someone, often a mathematician/physicist with a time consuming problem or challenge (often impossible to solve or complete) in the hopes of it appealing to a person’s obsessive tendencies, and/or cause harm from the distraction created.

 

Negativity Threshold

when the wife becomes so frustrated by her husband that she responds very negatively (low threshold is secret to a lasting relationship)

Hal-Con 2013 Geek Flash Mob!

Recently, my hometown of Halifax had its version of comic-con called Hal-Con. Lots of awesome things went down, but I think a lot of the people there would agree that the most awesome thing that went down was this flash mob seen below thanks to Missie Brown and others!

Enjoy and do share if you know others who would enjoy it!

Invite to Try A Favourite Fictional Character Correlation Survey (8 quick questions)

I have a simple little 8 question survey I’d like you to fill out if you have a few minutes, regarding you and your a favourite fictional character. I’ll correlate the answers and report back in a few weeks.

Basically, I want to know your gender and age, the same for your character, which genre or type of franchise he/she/it is in, and if you perceive the character is good, evil, both or neither. It’s all explained in the survey below, or via this link if the embedded code below doesn’t appear right on whatever you are viewing this post.

Please do share this post with any others you think might want to do it to contribute to the outcome, and watch for an update on my site on Aug 10 or 11th. Thank you!