Design Patterns and Cybernetics

I want to start practicing implementing existing design patterns from the Gang of Four’s Design Patterns. Per Robert C. Martin’s suggestion in Clean Coder, I should achieve mastery of these if I want to be a professional.

I’ve used design patterns in my work, but I wouldn’t in any way say I’ve mastered them. I want to create a set of code kata, one for each design pattern from Design Patterns. Before I do so, I’d like to point out how design patterns and cybernetics are intertwined.
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The Woes of Changing Data Sources

Turns out, it isn’t a great idea to collect data on bus routes when you aren’t already on the optimal route. In the afternoon a bus that gets me 2 miles from where I live, and it gets me there 30 minutes earlier than the route I was taking before. There are no intermediate stops between Google and my drop-off (just like my morning commute). I could collect data and do statistics on my bus route, but this isn’t a compelling enough problem for me to remember to take down the data. Both bus routes have no stops between being my pickup and drop-off, so the problem would be just using departure time as a predictor of arrival time.

I’ll be on the lookout for something else I can collect data on. I’m certain that as I do this more finding things to take data on will become easier.

Applied Machine Learning

I do machine learning (ML) for a living, but I’ve never applied it to my everyday life. I sold my car when moving to the Bay Area so now I use buses for my commute to work and to get to and from San Francisco. I rarely have better than a 15 minute window of when I think I’ll arrive because bus schedules don’t often hold up to reality. We can use machine learning to change that.

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Welcome, and hello. I’m Will Beason, that guy on the about page.

I need a place for my thoughts. I think a lot of things and like to write them down. Turns out, Facebook is not the ideal medium for discussing how entropic gravity would make a cool hard scifi story, that causal entropic forces can simulate intelligence, or what the book I just read made me think. Sometimes I make art with math and want to talk about how I made it. (Hint: header image)

Besides a mishmash of physics, mathematics, and computer science, I find a lot of other things interesting. Information is cool, and I like studying how it comes together to make systems. I think of myself as a cyberneticist.

Maybe you’ll find this interesting.