Posts categorized in ‘development’ (3)

Analyzing the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Text Fabric in Python

I am very curious about Hebrew, specially the way the language is hierarchically designed. Put very simply, three letter words are commonly known as trilateral roots and the rest of the words are variation of these three letters having a common root word and having related meaning somehow, thus creating a “family” if you will. I am not going to get into these details since it is not the scope of this post.

Learning hebrew like a geek

The other day I was thinking about some practical way of learning hebrew, something dynamic that tickles my scientist curiosity. And I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could parse one of the hebrew codexes and get the top 20 most frequent words of a chapter or a book? Well this is an attempt to answer these type of questions. How? So I rolled my sleeves and I thought: I will google the Aleppo codex in plain text so I can download it and later use it for analysis.

Software patents

Recently I’ve been to a talk given by Richard Stallman about how software patents are useless for the software industry. Since software is applied mathematics and, it generally needs to combine several ideas to make a new one, by doing that you could easily infringe a software patent by using one (or more) of the patented ideas. He commented that patents are like walking in a mine field, but worst because a mine ones it blows up it doesn’t blows again, patents keeps blowing on and on.