A Hint for those Giving Software Demonstrations or Just Explanations in General

November 30, 2007

When the interlocutor says, “Oh, so it’s a probability!” and nods, it does not often help the situation to explain, “No, it’s a likelihood ratio.” 

Furthermore, following up that statement with “Well, actually, it’s a logarithm of the likelihood ratio,” rarely serves the purpose of clarity. 

Bitter truth. 

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One Response to “A Hint for those Giving Software Demonstrations or Just Explanations in General”

  1. Life is tough. It helps to realize that the difference is irrelevant to them, so it doesn’t matter whether you explain it or not. When you remember that people aren’t programs you have to realize they also won’t make the same assumptions a program will.

    If the difference becomes relevant to them at some point they will ask additional questions—something a program will never do.

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