when pi = 4

We are all familiar with the equation relating a circle’s radius to its circumference: Rearranging, we get and in Euclidean geometry we determine pi’s value of 3.14158… given a circle of any radius. But in the non-Euclidean taxicab geometry, pi equals four, which will be demonstrated below. Taxicab geometry is a two-dimensional geometry where points […]

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finding the ‘least bloggable units’ in a story

This post guides my growth as a writer; I’m posting it simply to hold myself accountable for the idea. When I started crafting what eventually became last Tuesday’s blog post about how survey questionnaires amplify questionnaire writers’ biases, I envisioned a much longer post examining how the delivery of survey questionnaires through web browsers—instead of […]

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bias reinforcement through survey questionnaires

Today I play media theorist and examine how survey questionnaires reinforce survey designers’ biases: The knowledge that biases emit from survey questionnaires is nothing new. The extreme case, “push-polling”, intentionally guides the questionnaire reader toward a viewpoint, without real interest in their prior opinion. Any survey writer willing to push-poll already understands my concerns about […]

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