singularineet t1_jds6228 wrote

It's really really hard to control for confounds in studies like this. Some latent variable can decrease both life expectancies, husband and wife. E.g., black mold in the house, or poor eating habits, poor exercise, even common genetic factors if people tend to marry others who are genetically similar. Carbon monoxide issues from the heating system or in the car. Similar attitudes toward risky behaviour. Common sources of stress. Similar sleep habits. You can spitball this stuff all day, but unless you do a controlled study (which would seem unethical in this case) you're still going to have a lot of doubt about causality.


singularineet t1_j9yio45 wrote


singularineet t1_j710h53 wrote

No matter how hard they try to whack-a-mole them, the biases of the model will come through, particularly by omission. Example? It's super bad about minimizing Jewish history, or saying awful things about the Holocaust like that it was harmful to both the victims and the perpetrators. It's basically like working with a raging racist who's trying to follow a list of very specifically worded instructions from a woke but low functioning autistic HR dept.


singularineet t1_j0hjtub wrote

Just asked it:

>Does varicela zoster cause DVTs?

and it replied:

>Varicella zoster is rarely associated with deep venous thrombosis (DVTs).
>Supporting excerpt
>“Frequently, these complications involve intracranial and extracranial arteries leading to ischemic stroke, cerebral aneurysm formation, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral vasculitis, and giant cell arteritis. Symptoms involving veins, such as cerebral sinus thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism, are rare.”
>Varicella-Zoster Virus Vasculitis: A Case Report of Enteric Reactivation with Vasculopathy Leading to Arterial Dissection, Stroke, and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
>Donohoe et al.
>Archives of Clinical and Medical Case Reports
>Invalid Date

This is all completely wrong. Varicella Zoster (aka the Chicken Pox virus) causes a period of hypercoagulability in adults which causes DVTs and pulmonary embolisms reasonably often. It's well documented, although most doctors are not familiar with it. So that part of the response is wrong. And the study it cites (a) does not support it's answer, and (b) is not relevant.

edit: this is the kind of wrong answer that can kill people.


singularineet t1_ivsrvzj wrote

Yes, since the input point is uncertain due to measurement noise if nothing else, averaging over that distribution would be superior.

If you can average over other interesting distributions, like shifts or rotations or such for images, or even under a local approximation thereof, that would be amazing. Is that possible with quantum?