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Joint statistical meetings 2013

August 7, 2013
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Joint statistical meetings 2013

Every year, the first week of August, we statisticians meet to get our statistics, networking, dancing, and beer on. With thousands in attendance, it's exhausting. I wonder about the quality of statistical work the second week of August.Each conference...

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Joint statistical meetings 2013

August 7, 2013
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Joint statistical meetings 2013

Every year, the first week of August, we statisticians meet to get our statistics, networking, dancing, and beer on. With thousands in attendance, it's exhausting. I wonder about the quality of statistical work the second week of August. Each conferenc...

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Wasserman on noninformative priors

July 15, 2013
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Wasserman on noninformative priors

Larry Wasserman calls the use of noninformative priors a “lost cause.” I agree for the reasons he stated, and the fact that there are always better alternatives anyway. At the very least, there are the heavy-tailed “weakly informative priors” t...

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MOOCs–a low-risk way to explore outside your field

April 29, 2013
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MOOCs–a low-risk way to explore outside your field

One of the things I'm realizing from Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) -- those online free classes from universities that have seem to sprung up from almost nowhere in the last year and a half -- is that they offer a perfect opportunity to explore...

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RStudio is reminding me of the older Macs

April 16, 2013
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RStudio is reminding me of the older Macs

The only thing missing is the cryptic ID number.Well, the only bad thing is that I am trying to run a probabilistic graphical model on some real data, and having a crash like this will definitely slow things down.

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Presenting without slides

March 30, 2013
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Presenting without slides

Tired of slides, I’ve been experimenting with different ways of presenting. At the recent Conference on Statistical Practice, I decided only to use slides for an outline and references. As it turns out, the most critical feedback I got had to do with...

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Last session of Caltech’s Learning from Data course starts April 2

March 27, 2013
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Last session of Caltech’s Learning from Data course starts April 2

I just received this email:Caltech's Machine Learning MOOC is coming to an end this spring, with the final session starting on April 2. There will be no future sessions. The course has attracted more than 200,000 participants since its launch last year...

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Review of Caltech’s Learning from Data e-course

March 21, 2013
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Review of Caltech’s Learning from Data e-course

Caltech has an online course Learning from Data, taught by Professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa, that seeks to make the course material accessible to everybody. Unlike most of the online courses I've taken, this one is independently offered through a platform c...

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Distrust of R

March 12, 2013
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Distrust of R

I guess I've been living in a bubble for a bit, but apparently there are a lot of people who still mistrust R. I got asked this week why I used R (and, specifically, the package rpart) to generate classification and regression trees instead of SAS Ente...

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Bad statistics in high impact journals

March 1, 2013
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Bad statistics in high impact journals

Better Journals… Worse Statistics? : NeuroskepticIn the linked blog entry, Neuroskeptic notes that high impact journals often have fewer statistical details than other journals. The research reported in these journals is often heavily amended, if...

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