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Automated Mapping of Metadata to Concepticon

While the core of the Concepticon project (https://concepticon.clld.org, List et al. 2019) are the numerous conceptlists which are constantly being added by the growing list of contributors, we have already from the beginning of the project, with the first version (List et al. 2016) tried to collect various kinds of…

Against “allomorphy“ (and what to replace it with: morph variants  and suppletive morph sets)

Every linguist knows the term “allomorph”, but we cannot agree on what it means. I will argue here that this is a terminological issue, not a substantive issue. Of course, we disagree on many substantive issues (and in particular, on strategic issues), but there is no reason to “disagree” on…

« The Color Purple » – Doudou Aichatou

  The existence of class, race and gender differences in American society has long been the focus of popular culture, whether in the form of books, films, music, or plays. In the movie The...

Stereotypes about the early modern household and the reality

When people think about the early modern household, most think of the stereotypes regarding to gender roles. Even though I took modules on early modern topics before, taking HR650 allowed me to realise some of my thoughts on the early modern household were not necessarily correct. This blog post will…

More on Random dollars for everyone !

Following my post of yesterday evening, Alex (@AlexSablay) suggested me to look at the Boltzman-Gibbs distribution (e.g. in Yakovenko & Rosser (2009)). There are indeed interesting ideas, and it looks it is more or less what we tried to do in our previous post Again, I found that article hard…

Of what a biographer approves: The case of Akmal al-Din Ibn Muflih

This short post revolves around a short biography of Akmal al-Din Ibn Muflih, a somewhat elusive figure of early Ottoman Damascus. He was Ibn Tulun’s most visible student; that is, his handwriting is found in many of his teacher’s autographs. Yet, little substantial information can be found on him in…

Random dollars for everyone !

During the week-end, Philippe Rivière made me discover an interesting problem, “Everyone in a room keeps giving dollars to random others. You’ll never guess what happens next.”f It was coming from a post, a few years ago on decisionsciencenews.com… This problem was mentioned in recent post since it is related…

Why flags are bound forms: A discussion with Bill Croft

A flag is a cover term for an adposition or a case-marker, as I explain in my recent 2019 paper on flagging and indexing (in the journal Te Reo, run by the Linguistic Society of New Zealand). All comparative linguists know that in many cases, it is not quite clear…

January 2020: a Taste of “Before ‘Farm to Table’” Part II

Dear Recipes Project community, Happy 2020! This month we’ll mark the new year by highlighting some discoveries from the Before “Farm to Table”: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures project, a Mellon initiative in collaborative research at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Several of this month’s posts…

On Cochran Theorem (and Orthogonal Projections)

Cochran Theorem – from The distribution of quadratic forms in a normal system, with applications to the analysis of covariance published in 1934 – is probably the most import one in a regression course. It is an application of a nice result on quadratic forms of Gaussian vectors. More precisely,…

Women’s responsibility in their own fulfilment

By Charlotte de Jong www.charlottedejong.site The following text is a summary of a previous research work. *** In the first half of the twentieth century, many factors influence women’s conception of life and of themselves and thus their decisions. Nevertheless, these factors are only influences and cannot be held sole…

The Court of Justice of the European Union and the Politics of Law | Sabine Saurugger et Fabien Terpan

Sabine Saurugger et Fabien Terpan, The Court of Justice of the European Union and the Politics of Law, Red Globe Press, coll “The European Union Series”, 2017, 272 p. Compte rendu par Vincent Réveillère (Université d’Aix-Marseille) Sabine Saurugger, politiste, et Fabien Terpan, juriste, tous les deux enseignants chercheurs à Sciences…

What do we (not) know about water governance in Central Asia – and why?

The independence of Central Asian republics in 1991 had many consequences for water arrangements at transboundary, national and local levels. In a new article, Jenniver Sehring provides a critical review of the research on water governance reforms after the collapse of the Soviet Union. She points at how the political…

On the conjugate function

In the MAT7381 course (graduate course on regression models), we will talk about optimization, and a classical tool is the so-called conjugate. Given a function f:\mathbb{R}^p\to\mathbb{R} its conjugate is function f^{\star}:\mathbb{R}^p\to\mathbb{R} such that f^{\star}(\boldsymbol{y})=\max_{\boldsymbol{x}}\lbrace\boldsymbol{x}^\top\boldsymbol{y}-f(\boldsymbol{x})\rbraceso, long story short, f^{\star}(\boldsymbol{y}) is the maximum gap between the linear function \boldsymbol{x}^\top\boldsymbol{y} and f(\boldsymbol{x}). Just…

Classroom Policy for Inclusion

Many discussions about making our classrooms more inclusive in higher education revolve around our attitude as teachers. This post summarises them, then presents my classroom policy to encourage inclusive behavior between students, even outside of the learning contexts. Recommendations for teachers include: Making expectations explicit, in a highly structured and…