Book wish list / review list

I’ve noticed I have a hard time “guiding and directing” my learning, and oftentimes I acquire information and develop intuition through non-intuitive and/or seemingly non-informative activities (how nonintuitive!). I don’t know if this is hindsight bias, but it often was easier for me in the past to learn something or figure out how to do something by not even thinking about it, but just “doing it”, or “reading about it”, or “learning it”, rather than talking it up and either psyching myself out or not putting in the requisite effort necessary to understand something or get good at it.

I have a huge reading list, both for (A) work: vaccine statistics, probability, machine learning, statistics, mathematics; (B) personal: economic theory, behavioral psychology, investing, probability and statistics, game theory and strategy; and (C) poker: web-based instructional videos, poker forums, poker books, and poker calculation tools (works on both computational aspects of SQL-like queries and higher-order problems in poker relating to combinatorics/probability).

I’d like to improve my efficiency by reducing certain time-wasting activities that take up most of my free time: (1) youtube, (2) facebook, (3) random craigslist surfing with no directed purpose of purchasing anything, (4) reddit (not so much anymore), (5) smoking and sitting around, (6) reading message boards/forums without taking notes, (7) watching poker videos/fail videos/fights on youtube.

Figure that it’d be better to choose some interesting subjects to read, and to do a book-review-esque “journal” of the books that I’ve read, either to just piece out interesting quotes, mull over ideas that haven’t fully gelled with me, and to perhaps one day eventually construct my own ideas and philosophies surrounding risk, behavior, and medical science!

Here’s a list of books/tools/papers that I’m either currently reading, or in the process of wanting to buy/bought/not read/halfway read/already read but not reviewed/wrote something on it. Will follow up with reviews as I go through. NOTE: I may need to end up retrospectively organizing the layout, but for now we’re just going to try something new.


Work materials:

  • – LATB, crush live poker subscription
  • – PQL, Odds Oracle


  • Nicholas Nassim Taleb – Antifragile
  • Nicholas Nassim Taleb – Fooled by Randomness
  • Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit
  • Nate Silver – The Signal and the Noise
  • Richard Thaler – The Winner’s Curse
  • Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct
  • Edward Chancellor – Devil Take the Hindmost
  • William Poundstone – Fortune’s Formula
  • Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • Gary Belskey – Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes
  • Thomas C. Schelling – Micromotives and Macrobehavior
  • Leonard Mlodinow – Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules your Behavior
  • Bruce Hood – The Self Illusion
  • Robert B. Cialdini – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Non-book reading:

  • Alan Agresti – A Survey of Exact Inference for Contingency Tables
  • Roderick J. A. Little – Testing the Equality of Two Independent Binomial Proportions
  • Qin et al. – A Framework for Assessing Immunological Correlates to Protection in Vaccine Trials
  • Plotkin, Gilbert – Nomenclature for Immune Correlates of Protection After Vaccination
  • Plotkin – Correlates of Vaccine-Induced Immunity
  • Gilbert et. al – Evaluating Immune Correlates of Protection
  • Tamara G. Kolda – Tensor Decomposition and Applications
  • Gilbert Strang – Linear Algebra (MIT OpenCourseWare)


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