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Return of the sunday links! (10/26/14)

October 26, 2014
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New look for the blog and bringing back the links. If you have something that you'd like included in the Sunday links, email me and let me know. If you use the title of the message "Sunday Links" you'll be more likely for me to find it when I search my gmail. Thomas L. does a

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An interactive visualization to teach about the curse of dimensionality

October 24, 2014
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I recently was contacted for an interview about the curse of dimensionality. During the course of the conversation, I realized how hard it is to explain the curse to a general audience. One of the best descriptions I could come up with was trying to describe sampling from a unit line, square, cube, etc. and

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Vote on simply statistics new logo design

October 22, 2014
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As you can tell, we have given the Simply Stats blog a little style update. It should be more readable on phones or tablets now. We are also about to get a new logo. We are down to the last couple of choices and can't decide. Since we are statisticians, we thought we'd collect some

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Creating the field of evidence based data analysis – do people know what a p-value looks like?

October 16, 2014
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In the medical sciences, there is a discipline called "evidence based medicine". The basic idea is to study the actual practice of medicine using experimental techniques. The reason is that while we may have good experimental evidence about specific medicines or practices, the global behavior and execution of medical practice may also matter. There have been

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Data science can’t be point and click

October 9, 2014
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Data science can’t be point and click

As data becomes cheaper and cheaper there are more people that want to be able to analyze and interpret that data.  I see more and more that people are creating tools to accommodate folks who aren't trained but who still want to look at data right now. While I admire the principle of this approach - we

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The Leek group guide to genomics papers

October 8, 2014
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Leek group guide to genomics papers When I was a student, my advisor, John Storey, made a list of papers for me to read on nights and weekends. That list was incredibly helpful for a couple of reasons. It got me caught up on the field of computational genomics It was expertly curated, so it filtered

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An economic model for peer review

October 6, 2014
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An economic model for peer review

I saw this tweet the other day: Has anyone applied game theory to the issue of anonymous peer review in academia? — Mick Watson (@BioMickWatson) October 2, 2014 It reminded me that a few years ago I had a paper that went through the peer review wringer. It drove me completely bananas. One thing that drove

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The Drake index for academics

October 2, 2014
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I think academic indices are pretty silly; maybe we should introduce so many academic indices that people can't even remember which one is which. There are pretty serious flaws with both citation indices and social media indices that I think render them pretty meaningless in a lot of ways. Regardless of these obvious flaws I

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You think P-values are bad? I say show me the data.

September 30, 2014
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Both the scientific community and the popular press are freaking out about reproducibility right now. I think they have good reason to, because even the US Congress is now investigating the transparency of science. It has been driven by the very public reproducibility disasters in genomics and economics. There are three major components to a

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A non-comprehensive list of awesome female data people on Twitter

September 9, 2014
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I was just talking to a student who mentioned she didn't know Jenny Bryan was on Twitter. She is and she is an awesome person to follow. I also realized that I hadn't seen a good list of women on Twitter … Continue reading →

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