Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Create a RAID using one raspberry pi then transferring it to another

Build the array on a raspberry pi 1 that is already running a raid (level 1) array
  • connect two 2-TB drives via powered USB hub
    • They appear as /dev/sdd and /dev/sde
  • use fdisk to delete the pre-built partitions, create new partitions using defaults that are for linux and fill each disk
  • created array:
mdadm --create /dev/md2 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdd1 /dev/sde1

Monday, March 9, 2015

Raspberry pi 2 and the case of the unreliable USB ports

My newly purchased raspberry pi 2 did not recognize external harddrives:
  • There is a powered USB hub for the drives - same make & model as I use successfully for the pi version 1
  • Same manufacturer for the drives, but they were 2 TB instead of 1 TB (each)
the command lsusb reported information, but it was regardless of whether the hub was plugged into the pi or individual drives were plugged in to the hub:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
dmesg provided the most information - sometimes no message when plugging in the hub, sometimes limited message saying the hub had been found then disconnected (when it was still plugged in):

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A hilarious economics post

This post:

is about explaining why "all the single people are crazy" and "all the good ones are taken".  It is hilarious and mathematical.

It would be awesome to fit that model with data from OK Cupid...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Electric imp temperature sensors

After experiencing many burst pipes (in our baseboard heaters) I decided to build some temperature sensors.  My friend Phil recommended using the electric imp microcontroller and quickly found a tutorial on how to use it to make a temperature sensor:

In the above the general concept & required components are spot on, but some of the specifics / details are off.  Here's what I did, which is the same in outline but differs in some specifics (which I hope are accurate).


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Clustering vs. Linear Regression - which to use?

I've got some data and I'm trying to make an informed decision whether it is better described by a linear regression or a set of clusters.

My goal here is to compare linear regression and clustering for some cases that are obviously better for one of these or the other, using 2-dimensional data that is easy to visualize.  By comparing these two workhorse methods under these conditions I'm hoping to gain better understanding of each and of how to decide when to use one or the other.

The 3 data sets I used were:
  1. "obviously" better described by linear regression
  2. "obviously" better described by clustering
  3. in between the above 2 extremes
I used R.  The scripts I used are present in this repository:

I got the code for clustering from:

Before we get started:  my friend Phil Montgomery who kindly reviewed this post made a good suggestion that in general, when you have 2 models and you are trying to decide which one to use, you want to compare the statistical likelihood of each.  Usually this is done by comparing different values of parameters for a mathematical model, but it is worth investigating if it has been done for comparison of these two systems.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Raspberry Pi RAID array

I largely followed these very helpful instructions:

also useful:

  • 2 1-TB western digital drives
    • USB hub with power supply for these
      • Edit: make sure it has enough power to power the drives! My initial one (pictured below) did not and I suspect it was drawing power from the pi causing it to crash
  • raspberry pi
    • USB power supply for this (separate from above)
  • 8 GB sandisk microSD card
    • for use in raspberry pi
    • microSD card reader
  • cables to connect all

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Matlab solar system trajectory simulation

I wrote some code to simulate the trajectory of an object through a grossly simplified version of the solar system.  It uses the ordinary differential equation solver that comes with Matlab, some Newtonian physics, only has the Sun, Earth and Moon, and only uses idealized, circular orbits for those.  The code is here in this github repository:

It's kind of fun to play with and someday I'd like to make an interactive web browser version of it, using perhaps this javascript library for numerical calculations: