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LMGTFY is the new RTFM

Some of you may have seen an earlier version of this graph, which I uploaded to Facebook: You can see in this graph that the support vector machine (SVM) worked really well, and correlation feature subset (CFS) gave really lousy

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What’s a community for?

Currently working on an ethnography of math instruction. Here’s where I’m at: I’m realizing that when I started off planning to investigate the mathematics classroom as a discourse community, that was the linguist in me talking, not the math teacher.

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Watching the detectives

Sitting in the Rathskellar at Gallaudet University, surrounded by fluent ASL conversation and understanding none of it, I reflect on the nature of the exotic in ethnographic fieldwork. Blommaert and Jie (2010) write about “rich points,” moments of amazement or

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Today’s dissertation proposal

Reading: Scollon, Ron. 2001. Mediated discourse: The nexus of practice. London, New York: Routledge. One in a continuing series. As an exercise in mental discipline, I always try to keep in mind a topic that I would write up as

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A note on how I choose my projects

Quinn Norton, intrepid chronicler of our modern age, wrote A Note on How I Choose My Assignments. To summarize: she works as a freelance journalist so that she can be selective in what she writes about. Key quotes: I see

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Lit reviewing

Reading: Santagata, Rossella. 2004. “Are you joking or are you sleeping?” Cultural beliefs and practices in Italian and U.S. teachers’ mistake-handling strategies. Linguistics and Education 15.141-164. From Nancy Baym on Twitter: Retrofitting more lit review into a paper is always

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