Book Recommendations

Below is a list of some books I’ve read over the past month or so that I highly recommended: Factfulness by Hans Rosling: This book argues a positive way to see the world, along with supporting data, which tends to be the opposite of our perceptions through media. A key part of this is that…

Book Review: SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

“One of history‚Äôs few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.” One of the key elements of the book is to argue how we, humans, became so successful as species as a result of a “cognitive revolution”, based on our ability to unite en masse around common “myths”…

Book Review: QUIET by Susan Cain

“Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation” This is an engaging, informative and insightful book which helps introverts understand themselves, and how to succeed in a predominantly extroverted world. Cain argues that¬†introverts tend to be highly undervalued, particularly in leadership positions and that introversion is considered a second-class personality…

Book Review: THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS by Ben Horowitz

“You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.” If this quote doesn’t inspire you to launch your own startup, then I don’t know what will… This book is an incredibly candid and honest portrayal of running startups, and in particular, taking on the incredibly…

Book Review: DEEP WORK by Cal Newport

“Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity” This is a fantastic read, with strong arguments and practical advice and guidance on how to increase your capacity for deep work, in order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life. A state of deep work is…

Book Review: THE BOOK OF WHY by Judea Pearl

“Another advantage causal models have that data mining and deep learning lack is adaptability“ Judea Pearl, along with Dana Mackenzie, provide an insightful and thought provoking view of Causal Inference. Judea Pearl is well known for his contributions to AI, Bayesian Networks and Causal Analysis. He challenges and questions many beliefs held by statisticians, and…

Book Review: REWORK by Jason Fried & David H. Hansson

“We have something new to say about building, running and growing (or not growing) a business” This book offers some sage advice for anyone who’s ever thought of starting their own business. It makes for a light and entertaining read by the owners of 37 Signals. The focus is primarily effectively based on the Japanese…

Book Review: WHEN by Daniel H. Pink

“This book is about timing. We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about about timing itself” This is an interesting read about the best times of day to make optimum decisions. These timings are based on whether you’re a ‘Lark’, ‘Owl’ or ‘Third Bird’, which inform your ‘peak-trough-rebound’ schedule,…

Book Review: TEAM OF TEAMS by General Stanley McChrystal

“This was not a war of planning and discipline (Iraq 2004), it was one of agility and innovation” This is a fun and insightful read on modern approaches to management and leadership. The main premise is that traditional hierarchical management techniques, ie command and control, are outdated, and that collaboration and team work are key…

Exponentially Logarithmic – Lifting the Lid on some Bloom Filter Derivations

In one of my previous posts on Bloom Filters, I stated the expressions for both the False Positive rate, ie $$p \approx \left( 1 – e^{\frac{-kn}{m}} \right)^{k}$$ and the optimal number of hash functions, ie $$k = \frac{m}{n} \ln 2$$ In this post I will detail the derivations of both expressions. Derivation of the False…