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"Football"… I mean "soccer"… I mean "football"…

October 29, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Daniel Weitzenfeld $-$ a Chicago freelance data scientist (his own definition). Daniel got interested in modelling sports results and googled our football paper $-$ in his post here, he jokes that, be...

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ISPOR posters

October 27, 2014
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ISPOR posters

As the short course is fast approaching and I'm fighting with the last organisational details, I spent most of today preparing the two posters for the ISPOR congress, which I'm attending the week after next.At first, I was a bit disappointed that none ...

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1 in 5 million

October 14, 2014
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1 in 5 million

Earlier today, I've got an email from UCL Library Services, telling me that our research publications repository (UCL Discovery) has "recently passed the exciting milestone of 5 million downloads".As it happens, the 5 million-th download was our paper ...

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Evil companies, stereotypes and coffee

October 5, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago, our favourite coffee place in Walton (where we live) just closed out of the blue. We were really surprised as we thought they were doing really well, as the shop was almost always buzzing with people. So we did a bit of inve...

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Bayes of thrones

October 5, 2014
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My friend and colleague Andreas sent me a link to a working paper published by a statistician at the University of Christchurch (New Zealand) and discussed here. The main idea of the paper was to use a Bayesian model to predict the number of futur...

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Book of the year

September 24, 2014
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Book of the year

The next issue of Significance (it will be a December double issue) will feature a festive version of the usual book review section. Readers and contributors can nominate their favourite statistics books of the year and alongside the nominati...

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Mini-tour

September 19, 2014
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Mini-tour

The last two days have been kind of a very interesting mini-tour for me $-$ yesterday the Symposium that we organised at UCL (the picture on the left is not a photo taken yesterday) and today the workshop on efficient methods for value of inf...

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BCEA 2.1

September 17, 2014
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BCEA 2.1

We're about to release the new version of BCEA, which will contain some major changes.A couple of changes in the basic code that should improve the computational speed. In general, BCEA doesn't really run into troubles because most of the computations ...

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Unbelievable(?)

September 8, 2014
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Unbelievable(?)

This is an old story (it dates back to July last year) but it just got under my radar and I think it's quite unbelievable $-$ or may be it isn't after all... In a survey of just over 1000 individuals developed by professional company Ipsos Mori, r...

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B my J

September 8, 2014
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As part of our work on the Regression Discontinuity Design for the British Journal of Medicine, we decided we should prepare a short, introductory research paper. We weren't holding our breath, as we thought that, while obviously interesting to cl...

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