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Michael Brundage

Michael Brundage

Published: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:15:43 -0800

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June 2014 IBM Research Ponder This Challenge

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Every month, IBM Research hosts the Ponder This challenge, which usually can be solved with pure mathematics but is often easier if combined with a little programming.

Look at Your Data

Sun, 11 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Some work I did at Amazon was part of the inspiration for John Rauser’s 2011 Velocity talk, Look at Your Data, and led to changes in Amazon’s monitoring systems 8 months after I left. I can’t share details about that work, but I’d like to give a concrete example of the phenomenon John described in his talk.

Counting is Hard

Sun, 11 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

In my experience, the vast majority of business analysis tasks do not require advanced data science or machine learning. They really just require counting and presenting those counts in a way that has impact.

Hiring Great Data Scientists

Sat, 10 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

In this note, I share my thoughts about the role of ‘Data Scientist’, how to hire great ones, and some practical matters of tools and version control.

Egg Drop Puzzle

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Given an N-story building and M eggs, how would you find out the highest floor of the building from which you can drop the eggs before they break? Eggs may be dropped again until broken.

Personal Website Redesign

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

After 8 years of neglect, I recently recreated my personal website. This note describes the new site build, deployment, and design.

Rye Bread

Sat, 01 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700

This bread is easy to make, healthy (no sugar and almost no oil), and delicious. I bake it 2-3 times a week for my family. Here are two recent examples:

MIT Media Lab Visit

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The MIT Media Lab is a national treasure. At the end of January, 2013, I toured the lab and got to experience the future.

Personal Remarks about the Xbox Emulator

Sun, 15 May 2005 00:00:00 -0700

A personal note about the Xbox 360 emulator project.

Random Number Generation

Wed, 05 Jan 2005 00:00:00 -0800

Do you use rand(), Math.Random(), System.Random, or java.util.Random? These are slow and less random than other algorithms available.