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Justice isn't blind Tue, Jul 18, 2017
I find it odd and kind of embarrassing that our country doesn't practice blind justice.  We think we do, and many historical representations of Lady Justice have some sort of blindfold to suggest that laws and punishments are enforced and meted out without regard for the personal qualities of the accused.  But that's plainly not true.  Legal cases are decided in a courtroom, where the defendant is clearly visible to the judge and more importantly the jury.  If justice was blind, no one would know the identity of the accused, or their race or gender.  Seeing a person in a courtroom in baggy jeans, an offensively-themed t-shirt, and facial tattoos suggests guilt.  Facts and legal arguments are unnecessary.  Whether or not that person is guilty, I see that as a problem. #law

Normalized numbers Mon, Jul 03, 2017
I was reading something the other day that mentioned a person's IQ score being 120, and I couldn't remember if that was good or bad.  That's the problem with IQ scores and quarterback passer rating and any other numbers that aren't on a common scale:  You need two pieces of information (your score and the maximum score) to communicate anything meaningful to another person.  That's why I think we should use normalized numbers more often.  A normalized number is typically your score divided by the maximum score, which gives a value between zero and one.  Multiply that by 100 and you've calculated a percentage, which comes with its very own symbol (%) and is recognizable by pretty much every human being on earth.  We already do this for test scores in school, batting averages in baseball (normalized, not percentaged), and tons of other things.  Keeping a number non-normalized doesn't retain any additional information or add any benefit.  Just normalize it. #math