John Ashbery

- noted for his book of poems ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’. Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on him. keywords: poems, poetry, verse

new sense of ‘homer’

- one who lives at home, that is, with his / her parents. This sense is not listed in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, neither in the free abridged version nor in the pay-walled unabridged version. keywords: omission, lexicography

recursion

Recursion is when something is defined in terms of itself. Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on this topic. Note that if something is defined recursively, it may or may not be also expressible without recursion. The Wikipedia article implies, correctly, that the Fibonacci sequence, while defined recursively, can also be expressed without … Continue reading recursion

Tukey’s ninther

It is a ‘median of medians’. Here is the link to the Wikipedia article that contains an explanation of it. keywords: statistics, computational efficiency, estimation procedures for the median, robust estimator, limited recursion