Saturday, March 17, 2018

How to review papers you havn't even read

with apologies to Pierre Bayard, Id like to discuss this important topic. We all have far too little time, especially since we've been busy striking - and of course it is a well known fact like everything from extinct dinosaurs to internet lol-cats, has a long tail so most papers live down the end of that tail where they've only been read by two people, the author and the first reviewer.

I'd  now like to propose  two improvements

improvement 1. promote reviewer number 2 to reviewer number one, and dispense with the need for anyone reviewing the paper - why bother? no-one else will read it, so what's the purpose of quality control. if it is one of those incredibly rare papers (and you can turn the handle on Zipf as well as me), that gets a real reader, they can determine if the paper is any good for themselves. what good did the review do? we know this already  with films and music - reviewers are a waste of time, and frequently completely misidentify what is good and bad (how many A&R guys didn't hire the beatles? how many readers dismissed JK Rowling's books ? boy must they have low self esteem:)

improvement 2. why should the author read the paper? This has already been discussed in Bayard's excellent book on how to talk about books you havn't even read. I havn't read it, but I can say with authority that the idea of someone who is identified as the author talking about their  book which they didn't even author, with great authority is one of the latter inspiring examples - if this can work for fiction, surely it should work even better for factual writing?

dear reader, thank you for getting this far

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2017 - Nov 29, L24

Finished Ad Hoc/Mesh/Network Coding, and
Systems Design + Wrap Up/Summary of Course (29th Nov 2017).

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2017 - Nov 24, L22

Having covered switches & data centers, this friday (24th) and monday (27th will look at Mesh Wireless networks - then next wednesday (29th) we wrap up with systems & course overview.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2017 - Nov 17, L19

This week, we shall finish with Scheduling() and Queue_Management().
Next week, on to switches, data centers (for real) and thence, to mesh...

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2017 - Nov 10, L16

This week sees us complete the control theory section of the course, and cover the optimisation model of end-to-end congestion control + traffic engineering/routing as a joint optimal solution...on friday 10th nov.

Will contrast the optimization model of TCP with a very large scale practical measurement based study of real world traces of TCP, on monday 13th....

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2017 - Nov 3, L13

This week, we looked at errors (coding for TCP)
flow control (open loop, token bucket etc, forward reference to schedulers)
closed loop (TCP equation, explicit v. implicit feedback), and will just start on
control theory....

if people want a lookaside at transforms, see
basis functions + also Markus Kuhn's excelent Digital Signal Processing course/notes.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Brexit & Principles of Communications

i'd just like to say that graph theory, compact routing, BGP, multicast, and the Erlang equation for call blocking probability have absolutely no bearing on whether brexit is a bad or good idea. The latter is entirely obvious, whereas the stuff I teach in this course is (hopefully) subtle, complex, and useful.