Entries from November 2010

Giving Thanks as an Information Scientist

November 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · General

As a first-generation American who is married to a card-carrying Native American, I celebrate Thanksgiving the traditional way: a day of gluttony followed by yummy leftovers. But, trite as it may be, I do like to take the time to reflect on the countless things for which I am thankful. A wonderful family, of course, […]

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An Information Cascade

November 17th, 2010 · 15 Comments · General

I’ve been reading Networks, Crowds, and Markets, a great textbook by David Easley and Jon Kleinberg. I’m very grateful to Cambridge University Press for surprising me with an unsolicited review copy. I’m more than halfway through its 700+ pages. Much of the material is familiar in this “interdisciplinary look at economics, sociology, computing and information […]

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The Element of Surprise

November 7th, 2010 · 9 Comments · General

Surprise is not a word that user interface designers typically like to hear. Indeed, the principle of least surprise (also called the principle of least astonishment) is that systems should always strive to act in a way that least surprises the user. Like many interface design principles, the principle of least surprise reflects the premise […]

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