Why Data is Never Raw — In scientific research, the choice of what to measure and how is fundamental. But in many cases, especially in the social sciences, what we want to capture doesn’t already have a clear measurement. It must therefore be “operationalized” somehow—meaning we must create a technique for measuring it. This necessarily requires emphasizing some aspects over others. Just as thought involves focusing, data collection involves narrowing attention; something is always left out.
Jericho — Microsoft’s open source environment that connects learning agents with interactive fiction games. Using the fabulous Frotz, of course.
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