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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rosetta Stone For Jon Aquino's Skills And Interests

Working on my previous post on automated introspection, I discovered a remarkable triangle that elegantly illustrates my favourite skills and interests:

So here we see my three favourite skills: programming, statistics, and graphic design. And also we see three of my very favourite interests: data mining, human-computer interaction, and information visualization. And the neat thing is that each favourite interest relates two favourite skills:
  • data mining relates programming and statistics
  • human-computer interaction relates programming and graphic design
  • information visualization relates graphic design and statistics
It's a self-referential triangle, so it has to be true!


  • Hmm ... I now realize that the three things on the arrows (data mining, etc.) are not "interests", as "interests" and "skills" are orthogonal.

    Rather: Programming, Statistics, and Graphic Design are primitive skills, whereas data mining, etc. are composite skills. In other words, the skill resting on the arrow combines the skills at either end of the arrow. They are "higher-order" skills. And they're more fun!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/30/2005 11:10 p.m.  

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