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The difference between me and you is that I’m not on fire

January 19, 2018
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The difference between me and you is that I’m not on fire

“Eat what you are while you’re falling apart and it opened a can of worms. The gun’s in my hand and I know it looks bad, but believe me I’m innocent.” – Mclusky While the next episode of Madam Secretary buffers on terrible hotel internet, I (the other other white meat) thought I’d pop in […] The post The difference between me and you is that I’m not on fire…

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Now, Andy did you hear about this one?

January 3, 2018
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Now, Andy did you hear about this one?

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now. We tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how. – Kiki and Herb Well I hope you all ended your 2017 with a bang.  Mine went out on a long-haul flight crying so hard at a French AIDS drama that […] The post Now, Andy did you hear about this one? appeared first on Statistical…

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We need to stop sacrificing women on the altar of deeply mediocre men (ISBA edition)

December 14, 2017
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We need to stop sacrificing women on the altar of deeply mediocre men (ISBA edition)

(This is not Andrew. I would ask you not to speculate in the comments who S is, this is not a great venue for that.) Kristian Lum just published an essay about her experiences being sexually assaulted at statistics conferences.  You should read the whole thing because it’s important, but there’s a sample paragraph. I […] The post We need to stop sacrificing women on the altar of deeply mediocre…

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Always crashing in the same car

December 8, 2017
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Always crashing in the same car

“Hey, remember me?  I’ve been busy working like crazy” – Fever Ray I’m at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) for the week, which is basically a Canadian version of Disneyland where during coffee breaks a Canadian woman with a rake politely walks around telling elk to “shoo”. The topic of this week’s workshop isn’t […] The post Always crashing in the same car appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Asymptotically we are all dead (Thoughts about the Bernstein-von Mises theorem before and after a Diamanda Galás concert)

November 27, 2017
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Asymptotically we are all dead (Thoughts about the Bernstein-von Mises theorem before and after a Diamanda Galás concert)

They say I did something bad, then why’s it feel so good–Taylor Swift It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m trying to work myself up to the sort of emotional fortitude where I can survive the Diamanda Galás concert that I was super excited about a few months ago, but now, as I stare down the […] The post Asymptotically we are all dead (Thoughts about the Bernstein-von Mises theorem before…

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Teeth are the only bones that show

November 22, 2017
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“I lived in the country where the dead wood aches, in a house made of stone and a thousand mistakes” – The Drones Sometimes it’s cold and grey and Canadian outside and the procrastination hits hard. Sometimes, in those dark moments, one is tempted to fire up the social media and see what’s happening in […] The post Teeth are the only bones that show appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Why won’t you cheat with me?

November 6, 2017
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Why won’t you cheat with me?

But I got some ground rules I’ve found to be sound rules and you’re not the one I’m exempting. Nonetheless, I confess it’s tempting. – Jenny Toomey sings Franklin Bruno It turns out that I did something a little controversial in last week’s post. As these things always go, it wasn’t the thing I was […] The post Why won’t you cheat with me? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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The king must die

November 2, 2017
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The king must die

“And then there was Yodeling Elaine, the Queen of the Air. She had a dollar sign medallion about as big as a dinner plate around her neck and a tiny bubble of spittle around her nostril and a little rusty tear, for she had lassoed and lost another tipsy sailor“– Tom Waits It turns out I turned […] The post The king must die appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Contour as a verb

October 29, 2017
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Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania – The Mountain Goats (In which I am uncharacteristically brief) Andrew’s answer to recent post reminded me of one of my favourite questions: how do you visualise uncertainty in spatial maps.  An interesting subspecies of this question relates to exactly how you can plot a contour […] The post Contour as a verb appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Barry Gibb came fourth in a Barry Gibb look alike contest

October 20, 2017
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Barry Gibb came fourth in a Barry Gibb look alike contest

Every day a little death, in the parlour, in the bed. In the lips and in the eyes. In the curtains in the silver, in the buttons, in the bread, in the murmurs, in the gestures, in the pauses, in the sighs. – Sondheim The most horrible sound in the world is that of a […] The post Barry Gibb came fourth in a Barry Gibb look alike contest appeared…

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