This blog is veering further and further from its original goal, which was detailing my cooking and baking exploits. Then again, its name has a connotation of emergency, which is pretty widely applicable.
real reason I wanted to write today, though, is more out of appreciation. One morning this week, my labmate arrived and we started
talking. After a while, he said to me, I have a question for you. He
told me about his program, which required solving a matrix calculation
using a series of different parameters. He needed to solve this nine times, changing one of the parameters each time and saving the values.
three weeks ago, I encountered a bug in one of my own programs, where I
needed to solve some differential equations. While trying to set
up a vector of solutions, I accidentally created a four-dimensional
array, which promptly screwed up the rest of my indexing.
recalled this and searched in Google (my default method for exploring
the capabilities of MATLAB...). Lo and behold, multi-dimensional arrays,
including the "cube" of values that worked perfectly for his project. And, I think I've found the solution to a problem that's been bugging me (sorry...) for a couple of days now.
would never have happened last year, simply because I was the sole
inhabitant of our lab. Even after a master's student joined the lab
group, we were rarely there at the same time due to classes (mine) and
work (his). This joint problem-solving was a small thing, and quite
common in our lab, but in the long run, it makes me glad to be in a lab
where questions are encouraged and collaboration flows naturally.
Next time, I'll return to food, a semi-recipe that this particular labmate first made for our friends, then taught me to make :)