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Bayes on Jupyter

April 27, 2016
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Bayes on Jupyter

I am working on an updated version of my workshop, Bayesian Statistics Made Simple, now using Jupyter notebooks (formerly known as IPython). It's still a work in progress, but you can see a draft of my slides here:  If you want to run the code, ...

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Engineering education is good preparation for a lot of things

March 28, 2016
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Engineering education is good preparation for a lot of things

I am a big fan of engineering education.  I think studying engineering for four years is intellectually challenging, exciting, and (when it is done right) fun.  An engineering education is good preparation for careers in many fields and (agai...

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The retreat from religion is accelerating

March 18, 2016
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The retreat from religion is accelerating

Updated results from the CIRP Freshman Survey were published last week, which means it's time for me to update to my annual series on the increasing number of college students with no religious affiliation (the "nones").Since I started following this t...

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A quick Bayes problem in IPython

March 4, 2016
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A quick Bayes problem in IPython

I've been busy with other projects, so I haven't posted anything new for a while.  But a reader posted a nice Bayes's theorem problem, which I am using as an excuse to experiment with embedding an IPython/Jupyter notebook in a blog, following these instructions. Let's see how it goes... The following problem was submitted to my blog, Probably Overthinking It, by a user named Amit, who wrote:The following data is…

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Many rules of statistics are wrong

December 8, 2015
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Many rules of statistics are wrong

There are two kinds of people who violate the rules of statistical inference: people who don't know them and people who don't agree with them.  I'm the second kind.The rules I hold in particular contempt are:The interpretation of p-values: Suppose...

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Internet use and religion, part six

December 3, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part six

In my work on Internet use and religion, one of the recurring questions is whether the analysis I am doing, primarily regression models using observational data, provides evidence that Internet use causes decreased religiosity, or only shows a statisti...

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Internet use and religion, part five

November 30, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part five

[If you are jumping into the middle of this series, you might want to start with this article, which explains the methodological approach I am taking.]In the previous article, I show results from two regression models that predict religious affiliation...

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Internet use and religion, part four

November 24, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part four

[If you are jumping into the middle of this series, you might want to start with this article, which explains the methodological approach I am taking.]In the previous article, I presented preliminary results from a study of relationships between I...

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Internet use and religion, part three

November 19, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part three

This article reports preliminary results from an exploration of the relationship between religion and Internet use in Europe, using data from the European Social Survey (ESS).I describe the data processing pipeline and models in this previous article. ...

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Internet use and religion, part two

November 17, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part two

In the previous article, I posted a preliminary exploration of the relationship between Internet use and religious affiliation in Europe.  In this article I clean up some data issues and present results broken by country.Cleaning and resamplingHer...

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