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What can we learn from data analysis failures?

April 23, 2018
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Back in February, I gave a talk at the Walter and Eliza Hall Research Institute in Melbourne titled “Lessons in Disaster: What Can We Learn from Data Analysis Failures?” This talk was quite different from talks that I usually give on comp...

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Process versus outcome productivity

April 19, 2018
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Several times over the last few weeks my hatred of Doodle polls has come up in meetings. I think the polling technology is great, but I’m still frustrated by the polls. Someone asked what I’d rather have happen and I said: “set the ...

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What is a Successful Data Analysis?

April 17, 2018
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Defining success in data analysis has eluded me for quite some time now. About two years ago I tried to explore this question in my Dean’s Lecture, but ultimately I think I missed the mark. In that talk I tried to identify standards (I called them ...

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Input on the Draft NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science

April 2, 2018
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The NIH is soliciting input for their Strategic Plan for Data Science. If you are interested, today, April 2, is the deadline. You can provide input here. Below is what I plan to submit. Summary My main critique is that the report is somewhat vagu...

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What do Fahrenheit, comma separated files, and markdown have in common?

February 8, 2018
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Anil Dash asked people what their favorite file format was. David Robinson replied: CSV is similar to Markdown. No one global standard (though there are attempts) but a damn good attempt at "Whatever humans think it is at a glance, they're pro...

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Some datasets for teaching data science

January 22, 2018
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Some datasets for teaching data science

In this post I describe the dslabs package, which contains some datasets that I use in my data science courses. A much discussed topic in stats education is that computing should play a more prominent role in the curriculum. I strongly agree, but I thi...

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A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2017

December 20, 2017
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Editor’s note: For the last few years I have made a list of awesome things that other people did (2016,2015, 2014, 2013). Like in previous years I’m making a list, again right off the top of my head. If you know of some, you should make yo...

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Thoughts on David Donoho’s "Fifty Years of Data Science"

December 20, 2017
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Note: This post was originally published as part of a collection of discussion pieces on David Donoho’s paper. The original paper and collection of discussions can be found at the JCGS web site. Professor Donoho’s commentary comes at a perfect...

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Puerto Rico’s governor wants recount of hurricane death toll

December 19, 2017
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A quick followup to Rafa’s analysis of the death toll from Hurricane Maria, from Axios: Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló ordered a recount Monday of every death on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, as eviden...

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How Do Machines Learn?

December 19, 2017
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I like all of CGP Grey’s videos but most of them have to do with voting systems and so aren’t really relevant to this blog. But his latest video titled “How Do Machines Learn?” is highly relevant and I thought very well done. Th...

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