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Code for my educational gifs

August 8, 2017
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Code for my educational gifs

During preparation for class I sometimes think up of animations that will explain the concept I am teaching. I sometimes share the resulting animations on social media via @rafalab. John Storey recently asked if the source code is publicly available. B...

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Announcing the tidypvals package

July 26, 2017
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Announcing the tidypvals package

A few years ago I helped write a paper where we proposed scraping p-values from the medical literature to try to estimate the science-wise false discovery rate. The paper generated a ton of interesting discussion and inspired other groups to start coll...

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My unfunded HHMI teaching professors proposal

July 19, 2017
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A little over a year ago I saw a request from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for proposals focused on undergraduate teaching. I decided to apply for this grant since it combines all of the things I’m interested in: teaching, education resear...

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Optimizing for User Experience

July 14, 2017
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I’ve previously written about how business (that are built by humans) can initially become successful by optimizing the user experience. That great user experience is what defines the value that their product provides. However, over time, compani...

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My Podcast Podroll

July 14, 2017
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As a self-interested podcaster, I’m obviously interested in getting more people to listen to more podcasts. For those who may be interested in getting into podcasts but wondering where to begin I thought I’d thought I’d make a list of...

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The joy of no more violin plots

July 13, 2017
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The joy of no more violin plots

I dislike violin plots because they look like Christmas ornaments. It’s a pet peeve but there is somewhat of a practical reason as well. To demonstrate I created a dataset called dat that contains an outcome value from 25 different groups. One of th...

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The Machines Learn But We Don’t

July 10, 2017
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I was genuinely amazed at this article by George Nott published in Computerworld quoting Peter Norvig on explainable artificial intelligence. From the article: Speaking at an event at UNSW in Sydney on Thursday, Norvig – who at NASA developed softw...

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Lowering the GWAS threshold would save millions of dollars

June 20, 2017
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Lowering the GWAS threshold would save millions of dollars

A recent publication (pay-walled) by Boyle et al. introducing the concept of an omnigenic model has generated much discussion. It reminded me of a question I’ve had for a while about the way genetics data is analyzed. Before getting into this, I’ll...

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The future of education is plain text

June 13, 2017
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The future of education is plain text

I was recently at a National Academy meeting on Envisioning the Data Science Curriculum. It was a fun meeting and one of the questions that came up was what kind of infrastructure do we need to enable shared curricula, compatibility across schools, and...

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papr – rate papers on biorxiv in a single swipe and help science!

June 6, 2017
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papr – rate papers on biorxiv in a single swipe and help science!

Like a lot of modern scientists I now find papers to read to a large extent based on what I see on social media. It is a great way to find out what my colleagues are reading and keep up with the newest cool research. A few weeks ago I released a reall...

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