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Navigating Big Data Careers with a Statistics PhD

February 18, 2015
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Editor's note: This is a guest post by Sherri Rose. She is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Her work focuses on nonparametric estimation, causal inference, and machine learning in health settings. Dr. Rose received her BS in statistics from The George Washington University and her PhD in

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The trouble with evaluating anything

February 10, 2015
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It is very hard to evaluate people's productivity or work in any meaningful way. This problem is the source of: Consternation about peer review The reason why post publication peer review doesn't work Consternation about faculty evaluation Major problems at companies like Yahoo and Microsoft. Roger and I were just talking about this problem in the

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Early data on knowledge units – atoms of statistical education

February 5, 2015
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Early data on knowledge units – atoms of statistical education

Yesterday I posted about atomizing statistical education into knowledge units. You can try out the first knowledge unit here: https://jtleek.typeform.com/to/jMPZQe. The early data is in and it is consistent with many of our hypotheses about the future of online education. Namely: Completion rates are high when segments are shorter You can learn something about statistics in

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Knowledge units – the atoms of statistical education

February 4, 2015
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Editor's note: This idea is Brian's idea and based on conversations with him and Roger, but I just executed it. The length of academic courses has traditionally ranged between a few days for a short course to a few months for a semester-long course.  Lectures are typically either 30 minutes or one hour. Term and lecture lengths

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Precision medicine may never be very precise – but it may be good for public health

January 30, 2015
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Precision medicine may never be very precise – but it may be good for public health

Editor's note: This post was originally titled: Personalized medicine is primarily a population health intervention. It has been updated with the graph of odds ratios/betas from GWAS studies. There has been a lot of discussion of personalized medicine, individualized health, and precision medicine in the news and in the medical research community and President Obama just

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If you were going to write a paper about the false discovery rate you should have done it in 2002

January 16, 2015
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If you were going to write a paper about the false discovery rate you should have done it in 2002

People often talk about academic superstars as people who have written highly cited papers. Some of that has to do with people's genius, or ability, or whatever. But one factor that I think sometimes gets lost is luck and timing. So I wrote a little script to get the first 30 papers that appear when

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How to find the science paper behind a headline when the link is missing

January 15, 2015
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How to find the science paper behind a headline when the link is missing

I just saw a pretty wild statistic on Twitter that less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they are describing.   Amazingly, less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they're describing http://t.co/daN11xYvKs pic.twitter.com/QtneZUAeFD — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) January 15, 2015 Before you believe anything your read about

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Beast mode parenting as shown by my Fitbit data

January 7, 2015
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Beast mode parenting as shown by my Fitbit data

This weekend was one of those hardcore parenting weekends that any parent of little kids will understand. We were up and actively taking care of kids for a huge fraction of the weekend. (Un)fortunately I was wearing my Fitbit, so I can quantify exactly how little we were sleeping over the weekend. Here is Saturday:

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (1/4/15)

January 4, 2015
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I am digging this visualization of your life in weeks. I might have to go so far as to actually make one for myself. I'm very excited about the new podcast TalkingMachines and what an awesome name! I wish someone would do that same thing for applied statistics (Roger?) I love that they call Ben Goldacre

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Ugh … so close to one million page views for 2014

December 31, 2014
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Ugh … so close to one million page views for 2014

In my last Sunday Links roundup I mentioned we were going to be really close to 1 million page views this year. Chris V. tried to rally the troops:   Lets get them over the hump // “@simplystats: Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/21/14) http://t.co/X1WDF9zZc1 #simplystats1e6” — Chris Volinsky (@statpumpkin) December 22, 2014   but alas we

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