You try and explain wavelets through an analogy!

man wearing eyeglasses

You explain how wavelets are a lot like notes in music. Instead of a continuous wave it’s like a single note making up a complicated chord. You then go on to explain how that can reconstruct all sorts of signals just like reconstructing a song. For a few moments you transition back and forth between math and music metaphors.

“So your research is studying music? I always thought you were great on the clarinet in middle school, you should have kept that up” your mom comments.

“Sort of but not really, if you can think of more signals like different radio waves, just defined with like notes on a song” you respond. You begin oscillating a wavelet analysis function with your hand up and down. Your family stares at you with a blank face, you’re not sure if they understand it or not. What do you do?

Keep making analogies

Wait for your family to respond

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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