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Inferring participation rates in service projects

April 21, 2014
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Inferring participation rates in service projects

About a week ago I taught my tutorial, Bayesian Statistics Made Simple, at PyCon 2014 in Montreal.  My slides, the video, and all the code, are on this site.  The turnout was great.  We had a room full of enthusiastic Pythonistas who are...

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Think X, Y and Z: What’s in the pipeline?

April 12, 2014
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Think X, Y and Z: What’s in the pipeline?

Greetings from PyCon 2014 in Montreal!  I did a book signing yesterday at the O'Reilly Media booth.  I had the pleasure of working side by side with David Beazley, who was signing copies of The Python Cookbook, now updated for Python 3 and, I...

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The Internet and religious affiliation

April 7, 2014
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The Internet and religious affiliation

A few weeks ago I published this paper on arXiv: "Religious affiliation, education and Internet use".  Regular readers of this blog will recognize this as the article I was writing about in July 2012, including this article.A few days ago, MIT Tec...

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Freshman hordes slightly more godless than ever

March 6, 2014
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Freshman hordes slightly more godless than ever

This article is an update to my annual series on one of the most under-reported stories of the decade: the fraction of college freshmen who report no religious preference has tripled since 1985, from 8% to 24%, and the trend is accelerating.In last yea...

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Correlation is evidence of causation

February 20, 2014
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Correlation is evidence of causation

In class last week, I was talking about correlation and linear regression, and I made the outrageous claim that correlation is evidence of causation.  One of my esteemed colleagues, who is helping out with the class, was sitting in the back of the...

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Bayesian statistics in Montreal

January 23, 2014
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Bayesian statistics in Montreal

I am happy to announce that I will be offering my tutorial, "Bayesian Statistics Made Simple" at PyCon 2014 in Montreal.  The tutorial is based on material from Think Bayes.  It includes some of the examples and exercises in the book.  P...

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Leslie Valiant is probably British. Or old.

December 27, 2013
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Leslie Valiant is probably British.  Or old.

I got Leslie Valiant's new book, Probably Approximately Correct, for Christmas.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I was not familiar with the author, especially since he won the Turing Award in 2010.  But I wasn't, and that led to a funny sequen...

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Six Ways Coding Teaches Math

November 25, 2013
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Six Ways Coding Teaches Math

Last week I attended the Computer-Based Mathematics Education Summit in New York City, run by Wolfram Research and hosted at UNICEF headquarters.The motivation behind the summit is explained by Conrad Wolfram in this TED talk.  His idea is that ma...

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One step closer to a two-hour marathon

October 2, 2013
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One step closer to a two-hour marathon

This past Sunday Wilson Kipsang ran the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:23, shaving 15 seconds off the world record.  That means it's time to check in on the world record progression and update my article from two years ago.  The following is a revis...

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How to consume statistical analysis

September 18, 2013
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How to consume statistical analysis

I am giving a talk next week for the Data Science Group in Cambridge.  It's part six of the Leading Analytics series:Building your Analytical Skill setExport Tell a friend ShareTuesday, September 24, 20136:00 PM to 8:00 PMMicrosoft1...

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