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I am a cognitive scientist / software engineer working towards my PhD in Psychology at Rice University.

My current research interests are centered in Human Computer Interaction and modeling large-scale declarative memory.


Apr
18
comment Does an empty refrigerator require more power to stay cold than a full one?
Yes it stays colder for longer, but it also stays less colder for longer. This is what Loren what mentioning about how the proportion of time spent in each temperature state is the same for each system. The full fridge just has an elongated charging exponential of T(t), while the empty fridge is squished. But the average value of each curve is the same. At least that's my current thinking. Happy to be convinced one way or the other :)
Apr
18
comment Does an empty refrigerator require more power to stay cold than a full one?
I'll phrase Loren's original comment in another way. Yes it takes more energy to perform a cooling cycle when the fridge is full, but a full fridge performs 'less' cooling cycles over time. The average amount of power required for each system is the same, since the system spends the same proportion of time in each temperature state.
Apr
18
comment Does an empty refrigerator require more power to stay cold than a full one?
I agree with Loren. The only way I could think of this not being equal is if the charge cycle (taking longer for the full refrigerator) influences the rate of energy loss unequally. If the charge cycle was instantaneous, then they seem equal to me too. Since it's not, I'm not sure.
Apr
17
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Nov
13
comment Have I discovered how to calculate the proton's mass using only integers?
I'm not so sure if a formal search by one person was performed; if it was a search, a search over what? The end values of m; and it stopped at 3? It might be more likely that a bunch of mathematicians are doing a bunch of calculations independently; the result of one looks familiar; and that person posts the question here.
Nov
13
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