Random things #8

Written on 18 March 2015, 10:28pm

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A/B vs Multivariate Testing

A/B testing: two versions (A and B) are compared, which are identical except for one variation that might affect a user’s behavior. Total number of variations: 2. More
Multivariate testing: multiple variables are modified for testing a hypothesis. The goal of multivariate testing is to determine which combination of variations performs the best out of all of the possible combinations. [Total # of Variations] = [# of Variations on Element A] X [# of Variations on Element B] ... More

Permutations, Arrangements, Combinations

Given a set of n elements (ex – for n=3, the set is A, B, C)
Permutations: each ordered set of n elements P(n) = n!
In our example with n=3, P(3)=3!=6: АВС, АСВ, ВАС, ВСА, САВ, СВА
Arrangements: each ordered set of k elements A(n,k) = n! / (n-k)!
In our example with n=3, ordered pairs of 2, A(3,2)=3!/(3-2)!=6: AB, BA, AC, CA, BC, CB
Combinations: each unordered set of k elements C(n,k) = n! / k! (n-k)!
In our example with n=3, un-ordered pairs of 2, C(3,2)=3!/2!*1!=3: AB, AC, BC
And the relationship between P, A, C: C=A/P
Remember that for the permutations you don’t need a k! More

About learning

Learning isn’t done to you, it’s something you do. You need to take responsibility of your education. There will always be a new technology to learn, but this is not that important. Is the constant learning that counts.
Andy Hunt – Pragmatic Thinking and Learning

We all tend to learn best by doing and teaching. Active learning is a much more effective way to learn than any other way.
It seems a bit strange, but it should really be no surprise that play is a powerful mechanism for learning. […] This simple process that comes natural to us all, but somehow gets “taught” out of us, is the simplest and purest way to learn.
John Sonmez – Soft Skills

Random links:

Brain bugs everywhere
behavioral targeting – “behavioral targeting uses information collected from an individual’s web-browsing behavior to select advertisements to display”
dark patterns are showing the ugly part of the Internet
– I started listening to podcasts
– I’m still not buying the iPhone 6
– It looks like brogramming is not how Barney Stinson would call pair programming 🙂
– The Stelton 851 is awesome. And look at the filename! Pure coincidence 🙂

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