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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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Don’t use deep learning your data isn’t that big

May 31, 2017
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Don’t use deep learning your data isn’t that big

The other day Brian was at a National Academies meeting and he gave one of his usual classic quotes: Best quote from NAS DS Round Table: "I mean, do we need deep learning to analyze 30 subjects?" - B Caffo @simplystats #datascienceinreallife&...

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Toward tidy analysis

May 24, 2017
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Toward tidy analysis

Tidy data at its heart is a set of three rules for organizing a data set: Each variable forms a column. Each observation forms a row. Each type of observational unit forms a table. This is an incredibly useful abstraction for thinking about organizin...

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The Past and Future of Data Analysis

May 17, 2017
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On May 3rd I gave my Dean’s lecture titled “The Past and Future of Data Analysis”, which was a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to play lots of different kinds of music on stage! I talked a little bit about it on the latest epis...

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Data on the Comey Effect

May 9, 2017
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Data on the Comey Effect

There is currently a debate about whether or not the Comey letter flipped the election. Nate Cohn makes a convincing argument that the letter had little to no effect. Some time ago I looked at this myself and came to a similar conclusion. If anything, ...

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Will Machine Learning and AI Ever Solve the Last Mile?

May 7, 2017
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Facebook just recently announced that they were hiring 3,000 people (on top of an existing 4,500) people to review images, videos, and posts for inappropriate content. From Popular Science: The scale of this labor is vast: Facebook is hiring more peo...

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Some default and debt restructuring data

May 4, 2017
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Some default and debt restructuring data

Yesterday the government of Puerto Rico asked for bankruptcy relief in federal court. Puerto Rico owes about \$70 billion to bondholders and about $50 billion in pension obligations. Before asking for protection the government offered to pay back some...

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Some default and debt restructuring data

May 4, 2017
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Some default and debt restructuring data

Yesterday the government of Puerto Rico asked for bankruptcy relief in federal court. Puerto Rico owes about $70 billion to bondholders and about $50 billion in pension obligations. Before asking for protection the government offered to pay back some ...

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