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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 22 – Number 1 Side Project

September 19, 2016
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Hilary and I celebrate our one year anniversary doing the podcast together by discussing whether there are cities that are good for data scientists, reproducible research, and professionalizing data science. Also, Hilary and I have just published a ne...

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Mastering Software Development in R

September 19, 2016
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Today I’m happy to announce that we’re launching a new specialization on Coursera titled Mastering Software Development in R. This is a 5-course sequence developed with Sean Kross and Brooke Anderson. This sequence differs from our previous Data S...

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Interview With a Data Sucker

September 7, 2016
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A few months ago Jill Sederstrom from ASH Clinical News interviewed me for this article on the data sharing editorial published by the The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the debate it generated. The article presented a nice summary, but I t...

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A Short Guide for Students Interested in a Statistics PhD Program

September 6, 2016
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This summer I had several conversations with undergraduate students seeking career advice. All were interested in data analysis and were considering graduate school. I also frequently receive requests for advice via email. We have posted on this topic...

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How to create a free distributed data collection "app" with R and Google Sheets

August 26, 2016
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How to create a free distributed data collection "app" with R and Google Sheets

Jenny Bryan, developer of the google sheets R package, gave a talk at Use2015 about the package. One of the things that got me most excited about the package was an example she gave in her talk of using the Google Sheets package for data collection a...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 21 – This Might be the Future!

August 26, 2016
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Hilary and I are apart again and this time we’re talking about political polling. Also, they discuss Trump’s tweets, and the fact that Hilary owns a bowling ball. Also, Hilary and I have just published a new book, Conversations on Data Science, wh...

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A Simple Explanation for the Replication Crisis in Science

August 24, 2016
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A Simple Explanation for the Replication Crisis in Science

By now, you’ve probably heard of the replication crisis in science. In summary, many conclusions from experiments done in a variety of fields have been found to not hold water when followed up in subsequent experiments. There are now any number of fa...

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Interview with COPSS award winner Nicolai Meinshausen.

August 24, 2016
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Interview with COPSS award winner Nicolai Meinshausen.

Editor’s Note: We are again pleased to interview the COPSS President’s award winner. The COPSS Award is one of the most prestigious in statistics, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in statistics. This year the award went to Nicolai Meinshausen from ...

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A meta list of what to do at JSM 2016

July 30, 2016
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A meta list of what to do at JSM 2016

I’m going to be heading out tomorrow for JSM 2016. If you want to catch up I’ll be presenting in the 6-8PM poster session on The Extraordinary Power of Data on Sunday and on data visualization (and other things) in MOOCs at 8:30am on Monday. Here i...

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The relativity of raw data

July 20, 2016
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The relativity of raw data

“Raw data” is one of those terms that everyone in statistics and data science uses but no one defines. For example, we all agree that we should be able to recreate results in scientific papers from the raw data and the code for that paper. But ...

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