Sun, milk, red meat, and least-squares

I thought this tweet from @WoodyOsher was pretty funny.

Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat … the least-squares method.

I wouldn’t say these things are bad, but they are now viewed more critically than they were a generation ago.

Sun exposure may be an apt example since it has alternately been seen as good or bad throughout history. The latest I’ve heard is that moderate sun exposure may lower your risk of cancer, even skin cancer, presumably because of vitamin D production. And sunlight appears to reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis since MS is more prevalent at higher latitudes. But like milk, red meat, or the least squares method, you can over do it.

More on least squares: When it works, it works really well

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7 comments on “Sun, milk, red meat, and least-squares
  1. DavidC says:

    …maybe hard to overdo regularized least squares.

  2. Carlos says:

    The account is still there, in fact the twitter handle is WoodyOsher (a pun on mathematician Osher, co-creator of the level-set method); I guess you mispelled it, so the account seemed to have been erased.

  3. John says:

    Carlos: Thanks. My mistake. I’ve updated the post.

  4. @WoodyOsher has only four followers. How did you stumble upon this tweet I wonder?

  5. John says:

    Jack: I think @IgorCarron retweeted @WoodyOsher.

  6. Woody Allen says:

    Not that it’s all that important, but there’s an Annie Hall reference here too. Just FYI :)

  7. John says:

    I haven’t seen Annie Hall. What’s the reference?

    It reminded me of Sleeper.