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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (11/9/14)

November 10, 2014
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So I'm a day late, but you know, I got a new kid and stuff... The New Yorker hating on MOOCs, they mention all the usual stuff. Including the really poorly designed San Jose State experiment. I think this deserves a longer post, but this is definitely a case where people are looking at MOOCs

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Time varying causality in n=1 experiments with applications to newborn care

November 5, 2014
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Time varying causality in n=1 experiments with applications to newborn care

We just had our second son about a week ago and I've been hanging out at home with him and the rest of my family. It has reminded me of a few things from when we had our first son. First, newborns are tiny and super-duper adorable. Second, daylight savings time means gaining an extra hour

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (11/2/14)

November 3, 2014
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Better late than never! If you have something cool to share, please continue to email it to me with subject line "Sunday links". A DrivenData is a Kaggle-like site but for social good. I like the principle of using data for societal benefit, since there are so many ways it seems to be used for nefarious purposes

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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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