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The Role of Resources in Data Analysis

June 18, 2018
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When learning about data analysis in school, you don’t hear much about the role that resources—time, money, and technology—play in the development of analysis. This is a conversation that is often had “in the hallway” when talking t...

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People vs. Institutions in Data Analysis

June 15, 2018
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In my post about relationships in data analysis I got a little push back regarding whether human relationships would ever not be important in data analysis and whether that has anything to do with the “maturity” of the field. I believe hu...

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An ode to King James

June 10, 2018
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An ode to King James

The NBA season is over and, once again, what I will most remember are King James’ heroics. As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, I am supposed to hate LeBron James. But I don’t. As a fan of the game of basketball, and a statistician, I just can’t hel...

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Estimating mortality rates in Puerto Rico after hurricane María using newly released official death counts

June 8, 2018
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Estimating mortality rates in Puerto Rico after hurricane María using newly released official death counts

Late last Friday, the Puerto Rico Department of Health finally released monthly death count data for the time period following Hurricane Maria: BREAKING: the Puerto Rico Health Department has buckled under pressure and released the number of deaths f...

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Trustworthy Data Analysis

June 4, 2018
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Trustworthy Data Analysis

The success of a data analysis depends critically on the audience. But why? A lot has to do with whether the audience trusts the analysis as well as the person presenting the analysis. Almost al presentations are incomplete because for any analysis o...

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Context Compatibility in Data Analysis

May 24, 2018
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All data arise within a particular context and often as a result of a specific question being asked. That is all well and good until we attempt to use that same data to answer a different question within a different context. When you match an existin...

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Awesome postdoc opportunities in computational genomics at JHU

May 17, 2018
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Johns Hopkins is a pretty amazing place to do computational genomics right now. My colleagues are really impressive, for example five of our faculty are part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and we have faculty across a range of departments including ...

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Rethinking Academic Data Sharing

May 15, 2018
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The sharing of data is one of the key principles of reproducible research (the other one being code sharing). Using the data and code a researcher has used to generate a finding, other researchers can reproduce those findings and examine the process th...

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Software as an academic publication

May 3, 2018
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Software has for while now played a weird an uncomfortable role in the academic statistics world. When I first started out (circa 2000), I think developing software was considered “nice”, but for the most part, was not considered valuable a...

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Relationships in Data Analysis

April 30, 2018
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I recently finished reading Steve Coll’s book Directorate S, which is a chronicle of the U.S. war in Afghanistan post 9-11. It’s a good book, and one line stuck out for me as I thought it had relevance for data analysis. In one chapter, Coll writ...

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