### Small vocational joys

Two work things what are small but awesome:

1) Yesterday I made a complicated plot of data (which incidentally looks kind of like a toddler drew a bunch of lumpy circles on a map of North America).

Me: [launches into long explanation of what exactly we're looking at, ending with...] so what you can see with this figure is, in

Colleague: [thinks a while] ... Yes. And yes.

Me: #victoryismine!

2) Today, I tracked down this rule of thumb for how many bins to divide things up into, which I at one point found and wrote down but neglected to write down where it came from. First, I discovered that's it's actually a well-known formula, which is nice in terms of justification. And then in reading up on it, I found out that it has an implicit assumption that only hold for half of what I'm doing. But I also found an extension of it that tries to improve performance when that assumption doesn't hold, plugged some typical numbers for my work into

Exactly the same number I was using already! YES! \m/

1) Yesterday I made a complicated plot of data (which incidentally looks kind of like a toddler drew a bunch of lumpy circles on a map of North America).

Me: [launches into long explanation of what exactly we're looking at, ending with...] so what you can see with this figure is, in

*this*region, [thing 1] is noticeably bigger than [thing 2], whereas in this*other*region, it's the other way around. My question is, do you agree with that interpretation, and is that result at all interesting?Colleague: [thinks a while] ... Yes. And yes.

Me: #victoryismine!

2) Today, I tracked down this rule of thumb for how many bins to divide things up into, which I at one point found and wrote down but neglected to write down where it came from. First, I discovered that's it's actually a well-known formula, which is nice in terms of justification. And then in reading up on it, I found out that it has an implicit assumption that only hold for half of what I'm doing. But I also found an extension of it that tries to improve performance when that assumption doesn't hold, plugged some typical numbers for my work into

*that*, and got...Exactly the same number I was using already! YES! \m/