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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 27 – Special Guest Amelia McNamara

November 30, 2016
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I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amelia McNamara, Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistical and Data Sciences at Smith College, to talk about data science, data journalism, visualization, the problems with R, and adult coloring books. If you ...

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Help choose the Leek group color palette

November 17, 2016
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My research group just recently finish a paper where several different teams within the group worked on different analyses. If you are interested the paper describes the recount resource which includes processed versions of thousands of human RNA-seq d...

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Open letter to my lab: I am not "moving to Canada"

November 11, 2016
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Dear Lab Members, I know that the results of Tuesday’s election have many of you concerned about your future. You are not alone. I am concerned about my future as well. But I want you to know that I have no plans of going anywhere and I intend to de...

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Not all forecasters got it wrong: Nate Silver does it again (again)

November 9, 2016
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Not all forecasters got it wrong: Nate Silver does it again (again)

Four years ago we posted on Nate Silver’s, and other forecasters’, triumph over pundits. In contrast, after yesterday’s presidential election, results contradicted most polls and data-driven forecasters, several news articles came out wondering h...

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Data scientist on a chromebook take two

November 8, 2016
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Data scientist on a chromebook take two

My friend Fernando showed me his collection of old Apple dongles that no longer work with the latest generation of Apple devices. This coupled with the announcement of the Macbook pro that promises way more dongles and mostly the same computing, had m...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 25 – How Exactly Do You Pronounce SQL?

October 28, 2016
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Hilary and I go through the overflowing mailbag to respond to listener questions! Topics include causal inference in trend modeling, regression model selection, using SQL, and data science certification. If you have questions you’d like us to answer...

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Are Datasets the New Server Rooms?

October 26, 2016
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Josh Nussbaum has an interesting post over at Medium about whether massive datasets are the new server rooms of tech business. The analogy comes from the “old days” where in order to start an Internet business, you had to buy racks and servers, re...

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Distributed Masochism as a Pedagogical Model

October 20, 2016
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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sean Kross. Sean is a software developer in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sean has contributed to several of our specializations including Data Science...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 24 – 50 Minutes of Blathering

October 16, 2016
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Another IRL episode! Hilary and I met at a Jimmy John’s to talk data science, like you do. Topics covered include RStudio Conf, polling, millennials, Karl Broman, and more! If you have questions you’d like us to answer, you can send them to nssdev...

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Should I make a chatbot or a better FAQ?

October 14, 2016
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Roger pointed me to this interesting article (paywalled, sorry!) about Facebook’s chatbot service. I think the article made a couple of interesting points. The first thing I thought was interesting was their explicit acknowledgement of the process I ...

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