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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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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 18 – Divide by n-1, or n-2, or Whatever

July 18, 2016
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Hilary and I talk about statistical software in fMRI analyses, the differences between software testing differences in proportions (a must listen!), and a preview of JSM 2016. Also, Hilary and I have just published a new book, Conversations on Data Sc...

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Monday update

July 11, 2016
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It Might All Be Wrong Tom Nichols and colleagues have published a paper on the software used to analyze fMRI data > Functional MRI (fMRI) is 25 years old, yet surprisingly its most common statistical methods have not been validated using real data....

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Tuesday update

July 11, 2016
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It Might All Be Wrong Tom Nichols and colleagues have published a paper on the software used to analyze fMRI data: Functional MRI (fMRI) is 25 years old, yet surprisingly its most common statistical methods have not been validated using real data....

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 18 – Back on Planet Earth

July 5, 2016
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With Hilary fresh from Use R! 2016, Hilary and I discuss some of the highlights from the conference. Also, some followup about a previous Free Advertising and the NSSD drinking game. If you have questions you’d like us to answer, you can send them t...

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A Year at Stack Overflow

June 28, 2016
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David Robinson (@drob) has a great post on his blog about his first year as a data scientist at Stack Overflow. This section in particular stood out for me: I like using R to learn interesting things about our data, but my longer term goal is to ma...

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Tuesday Update

June 28, 2016
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If you weren’t sick of Theranos yet…. Looks like there will be a movie version of the Theranos saga which, as far as I can tell, isn’t over yet, but no matter. It will be done by Adam McKay, the writer-director of The Big Short (excellent film),...

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Ultimate AI battle – Apple vs. Google

June 14, 2016
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Ultimate AI battle – Apple vs. Google

Yesterday, Apple launched its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and had its public keynote address. While many new things were announced, the one thing that caught my eye was the dramatic expansion of Apple’s use of artificial intelligence (A...

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Good list of good books

June 13, 2016
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The MultiThreaded blog over at Stitch Fix (hat tip to Hilary Parker) has posted a really nice list of data science books (disclosure: one of my books is on the list). We’ve queried our data science team for some of their favorite data science boo...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 17 – Diurnal High Variance

June 9, 2016
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Hilary and I talk about Amazon Echo and Alexa as AI as a service, the COMPAS algorithm, criminal justice forecasts, and whether algorithms can introduce or remove bias (or both). If you have questions you’d like us to answer, you can send them to ns...

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