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Bigger Data Structures (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

August 30, 2014
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Matrices as a special type of array; functions for matrix arithmetic and algebra: multiplication, transpose, determinant, inversion, solving linear systems. Using names to make calculations clearer and safer: resource-allocation mini-example. Lists ...

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Lab: Exponentially More Fun (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

August 30, 2014
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In which we play around with basic data structures and convince ourself that the laws of probability are, in fact, right. (Or perhaps that R's random number generator is pretty good.) Also, we learn to use R Markdown. — Getting everyone rando...

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Rainfall, Data Structures, Sequences (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

August 29, 2014
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In which we practice working with data frames, grapple with some of the subtleties of R's system of data types, and think about how to make sequences. (Hidden agendas: data cleaning; practice using R Markdown; practice reading R help files) Assignme...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, May 2014

August 28, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Robert Hughes, Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History As the subtitle suggests, a bit of a grab-bag of Hughes talking about Rome, or Rome-related, subjects, seemingly as they caught his attent...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, May 2014

August 28, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Robert Hughes, Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History As the subtitle suggests, a bit of a grab-bag of Hughes talking about Rome, or Rome-related, subjects, seemingly as they caught his attent...

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A Statement from the Editorial Board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Haruspicy

August 28, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Leaden academic sarcasm about methodology. The following statement was adopted unanimously by the editorial board of the journal, and reproduced here in full: We wish to endorse, in its entirety and without reservation...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2014

August 27, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, et al. Powers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) Comic book mind candy, at the super-hero/police-procedural interface. Martha Wells, The...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, July 2014

August 27, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Stephen King, Eyes of the Dragon Mind candy. I really liked it when I was a boy, and on re-reading it's not been visited by the Suck Fairy, but I did come away with two thoughts. (1) I'd have been ve...

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Class Announcement: 36-350, Statistical Computing, Fall 2014

August 26, 2014
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Fourth time is charm: 36-350, Statistical Computing Instructors: Yours truly and Andrew Thomas Description: Computational data analysis is an essential part of modern statistics. Competent statisticians must not just be able to run existing program...

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Introduction to the Course; Basic Data Types (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

August 26, 2014
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Introduction to the course: statistical programming for autonomy, honesty, and clarity of thought. The functional programming idea: write code by building functions to transform input data into desired outputs. Basic data types: Booleans, integers, ...

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