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How Shazam works

October 28, 2009

Ever wondered how song-identifying iPhone app Shazam works? Now you know. (For the link-averse: it's a pretty cool implementation of pattern matching across song spectograms, and the key insight was to first reduce the spectograms by including only peak frequencies. Simple, yet genius.) (via Revolutions)

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A response to randomness

July 12, 2009

In response to my post on the WSJ's recent randomness article, B emailed me the following (reproduced here with permission): The quoted WSJ article writes "We find false meaning in the patterns of randomness for good reason: we are animals built to do just that… Many studies illustrate how this basic aspect of human nature […]

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