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You better check yo self before you wreck yo self

April 18, 2018
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You better check yo self before you wreck yo self

We (Sean Talts, Michael Betancourt, Me, Aki, and Andrew) just uploaded a paper (code available here) that outlines a framework for verifying that an algorithm for computing a posterior distribution has been implemented correctly. It is easy to use, straightforward to implement, and ready to be implemented as part of a Bayesian workflow. This type of […] The post You better check yo self before you wreck yo self appeared first…

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Justify my love

April 3, 2018
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Justify my love

When everyone starts walking around the chilly streets of Toronto looking like they’re cosplaying the last 5 minutes of Call Me By Your Name, you know that Spring is in the air. Let’s celebrate the end of winter by pulling out our Liz Phair records, our slightly less-warm coats, and our hunger for long reads […] The post Justify my love appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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What is not but could be if

March 17, 2018
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And if I can remain there I will say – Baby Dee Obviously this is a blog that love the tabloids. But as we all know, the best stories are the ones that confirm your own prior beliefs (because those must be true).  So I’m focussing on  this article in Science that talks about how STEM […] The post What is not but could be if appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Anybody want a drink before the war?

February 23, 2018
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Your lallies look like darts, and you’ve got nanti carts, but I love your bona eke – Lee Sutton (A near miss) I’ve been thinking about gayface again. I guess this is for a bunch of reasons, but one of the lesser ones is that this breathless article by JD Schramm popped up in the Washington Post the other […] The post Anybody want a drink before the war? appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Eid ma clack shaw zupoven del ba.

February 7, 2018
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Eid ma clack shaw zupoven del ba.

When I say “I love you”, you look accordingly skeptical – Frida Hyvönen A few years back, Bill Callahan wrote a song about the night he dreamt the perfect song. In a fever, he woke and wrote it down before going back to sleep. The next morning, as he struggled to read his handwriting, he saw […] The post Eid ma clack shaw zupoven del ba. appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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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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