Resume update suggester to improve job description similarity match

Job application resumes are now being filtered by programs. The filter is based on a similarity match of resume to the job description. An alternative preprocessing program could instead suggest updates that could be made to resume so that... continue reading

Property Tax Limitations, Hoarding Disorder, and Observed Hoarding Behavior

Individuals with a hoarding disorder (HD) have difficulty discarding or giving away possessions. HD often leads to an accumulation of materials over time that can greatly affect the quality of life for hoarders and their families. To my knowledge... continue reading

The Economics of Meal Plan Requirements in Higher Education

Many colleges and universities require full-time undergraduate students to purchase a full meal plan as long as they live on-campus. To students this can often feel like they are being exploited, especially given the high average meal cost of... continue reading

Plant Organismal Development Based Building Design and Perpetuated Construction

This idea seeks to establish a novel conceptual framework to building design and construction that is based on plant organismal development. Firstly lets compare the idea of design as it applies to architecture and plant development. Once... continue reading

Detecting the delimiter in CSVs that lie

File extensions for data sharing sometimes lie about their contents.

Here is an algorithm to infer the actual delimiter of a CSV, TSV or any related format:

  • Assume that alpha-numeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and the period/full stop (.)... continue reading

Bayesian verdicts

Why do juries emit binary verdicts, i.e. guilty or not guilty? Why not allow each juror to emit a "Bayesian vote" reflecting his/her subjective degree of belief in the probability of the defendant’s guilt? Under this alternative method of Bayesian... continue reading

DNA is a (geo)political weapon

The use of DNA (both modern and ancient: aDNA) for purposes of genetic traceability, ethnic filiation, migration of populations, etc. is currently experiencing exponential growth. These studies are (it is hoped) initially motivated by scientific... continue reading

Make computer-aided research more verifiable

A central problem with modern computer-aided research is that research based on long computations becomes difficult to verify. It is thus unclear how and why such should be trusted. The most widely discussed aspect of this problem is the... continue reading

Anthropogenic increase in the length of a day

The length of a day might have been increasing owing to decreased speed of the earth's rotation triggered by anthropogenic factors: 1) anthropogenic induced increase in the moment of inertia of the earth; and 2) slowdown of tidal currents due to... continue reading

Soap bar skin scanner for detection of early melanoma

Many scanners look inside the body, but none examine our whole skin because the ripples and folds of flesh need to be unfolded for camera access. The current approach assumes no cooperation from the person being examined, except to lie or stand... continue reading


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