Author Archives: Ian McKenna

Science vs. Software

While browsing some of the content on slashdot.org I came across a link to John Cook’s blog, which discussed the differences between scientists and programmers when it comes to developing code.  The original article can be found here. The key … Continue reading

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The Galton Watson Process – Part II

4 Probability of Extinction The probability a process is extinct by the -th generation is given by Since there is exactly one parent at the beginning of the process (i.e. ) who produces all the future children, we can say … Continue reading

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The Galton Watson Process – Part I

What are the chances of you having the last name you currently have, over that of some other last name? How many children did your ancestors have, on average, in order to ensure that your surname didn’t become extinct, but … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Core Computations! This is my first ever blog post and I would like to share this occasion with everyone by saying I’m glad you found your way here. The purpose of this blog is to share useful technical … Continue reading

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