Category Archives: perl

Unicode block names in regular expressions

Frequently, I find myself wanting to do some simple language detection. For Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, this can easily be done by looking at the types of characters in some text. The simplest and most robust way to do this is to use Unicode block names. It is very simple to write a regular expression […]

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Why doesn’t Mac update standard UNIX utilities?

I am currently teaching a course on programming for linguists. We are using python, but for the first few classes, I have been going over some standard UNIX utilities like cd, ls and such, plus using regular expressions with grep and sed. I actually don’t use sed that much. I tend to reach for perl, […]

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Perl slurping

It seems like whenever I go to slurp in a whole file into a string in Perl, I have to search around to remember the exact syntax. So I decided to put it here for myself, so I won’t have to search any further than my own site. In this particular instance, I am trying […]

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100 yootles bounty for solution to nested loop rounding error

I am working on doing some monte carlo simulations. I want to do a particular manipulation n times, but I want to constrain what I do based on three parameters, x, y, and z, which are probability distributions coded as arrays. For example, if I want to run this simulation 1000 times, then 24 should […]

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Picasa, JAlbum, and null bytes

I have recently been trying to transition from Mac to Linux, with much success for the most part, but a few hiccups as well, as is to be expected. One of the important uses of the computer for me is photo editing and sharing, especially since we got our Canon Rebel XT last year, which […]

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