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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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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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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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Data Analysis and Engagement – Does Caring About the Analysis Matter?

December 18, 2017
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Data Analysis and Engagement – Does Caring About the Analysis Matter?

Sometimes, when you’re recording a podcast, it’s actually difficult to listen. That’s because while you’re recording you’re monitoring the network lag, the sound levels, the show notes, and the outline. On some episodes I’m just barely hang...

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This is a brave post and everyone in statistics should read it

December 15, 2017
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This post by Kristian Lum is incredibly brave. It points out some awful behavior by people in our field and should be required reading for everyone. It took a lot of courage for Kristian to post this but we believe her, think this is a serious and cri...

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Hurricane María official death count in conflict with mortality data

December 3, 2017
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Hurricane María official death count in conflict with mortality data

A recent preprint by Alexis R. Santos-Lozada and Jeffrey T. Howard concludes that The mortality burden may [be] higher than official counts, and may exceed the current official death toll by a factor of 10. The authors used monthly death records fr...

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Some roadblocks to the broad adoption of machine learning and AI

November 27, 2017
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Some roadblocks to the broad adoption of machine learning and AI

I read two blog posts on AI over the Thanksgiving break. One was a nice post discussing the challenges for AI in medicine by Luke Oakden-Rayder and the other was about the need for increased focus on basic research in AI motivated by AlphaGo by Tim Har...

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A few things that would reduce stress around reproducibility/replicability in science

November 21, 2017
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I was listening to the Effort Report Episode on The Messy Execution of Reproducible Research where they were discussing the piece about Amy Cuddy in the New York Times. I think both the article and the podcast did a good job of discussing the nuances o...

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Follow Up on Reasoning About Data

November 20, 2017
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Sometimes, when I write a really long blog post, I forget what the point was at the end. I suppose I could just update the previous post…but that feels wrong for some reason. I meant to make one final point in my last post about how better data...

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