Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Pound foolish Vishu

Pounds Sterling
Pounds Sterling (Photo credit: 917press)
Today is Vishu, the malayalam new year. People wear new clothes and elders gift money to children called ‘vishukaineettam’. The latest TV advertisement of Kerala State Lottery shows this gifting ceremony. But there is a twist in the tale. What the person is gifting is not Indian rupee! It is a 2 pound sterling coin!! Time for introspection to all idolatrous Manglish speaking Mallus including me.
india kerala boat people
india kerala boat people (Photo credit: FriskoDude)
There are few hilarious TV ads in malayalam as well where Mohanlal buys, sells and does everything possible with gold. One hair oil ad rambles: “Why look at the face, everything is in the hair!!”  All the “kuri” ads try to be funny by emulating the comical Thrissur accent. Is it because all ‘kuri-companies’ are from Thrissur or is it because they (we) are the most gullible?

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Dr Who

Category : Medicine , Patient

A doctor examines a female patient.
A doctor examines a female patient. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I was asked to find a solution to the following problem:

Dr Who is a popular doctor with lots of experience in treating a particular cosmetic condition. Dr Who has multiple clinics in different geographic locations. How do we scale up Dr Who’s experience to all the clinics?

This was my answer:

Dr Who uses 2 machines A & B and 2 products C & D.
Dr Who uses machine A with two settings A1 and A2 and B with 2 settings B1 and B2.
So you have several combinations and permutations of machine settings and products.

Dr Who extracts 3 information from a patient, X, Y, and Z. X and Y are captured by a machine and Z is noted by him.

Dr Who has 10000 patients with X,Y,Z known. He has data on what combination worked for whom and what did not.

We can correlate values of X,Y,Z for each patient with the combination (A1/A2/B1/B2/C/D) that worked for him. So when a patient comes to us, we measure X,Y,Z and propose the most likely combination to work for him. So our assessment will be based on Dr Who’s experience on 10000 patients.