Saturday, January 08, 2011

Taiwan photos 8

At the book store.

A ship my daughter made. I asked whether it was a castle, but no, it's a ship :-)

The fancy Humanities and Social Science Library at Academia Sinica.

I'm off tomorrow to Shenzhen for another BGI meeting.


Al said...

What are you doing at the BGI?

steve hsu said...

It's all in da gene :-)

Albert said...

Shenzhen Airline has better food and hotter stewardess than any American airline. The stewardesses also performed a little dance to a song at the end of the fly to show their appreciation. You can also have a little fun at your hotel room for 400 RMB, just as the front desk, if they have not asked you already.

MikeG said...

I *really* enjoy these interludes, please keep them up.
Maybe it's my faulty memory, but it often seems that your indoor pictures have large rooms without many people. Do you purposefully try and frame things so that the areas are empty (for aesthetic or privacy reasons)? Are you there are really odd hours? Or are these areas just normally empty?

steve hsu said...

> my terribly nerdy love of academic institutions around the world. <

Me too! That, and modern architecture :-)

steve hsu said...

It's hard to study "test validity" at the high end because the individuals are so rare.

Roe's results just mean that some of the scientists scored way off scale compared to the grad student population (of, I think, future teachers studying at Columbia) used to norm the tests. I think the reasonable interpretation of Roe is just that really successful scientists in some fields are distinguishable from average PhDs. That is, there is at least some validity (predictive power) beyond, say, +3 SD. We don't even know whether talent distributions are really Gaussian in the tails, so figures like "1 in a million" should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, that's not to say we can't distinguish talent levels in the far tail. For example, all of von Neumann's contemporaries were in awe of his capabilities.

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