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"Proper scoring rules and linear estimating equations in exponential families" (Next Week at the Statistics Seminar)

April 2, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Only of interest if you (1) care about estimating complicated statistical models, and (2) will be in Pittsburgh on Monday. Steffen Lauritzen, "Proper scoring rules and linear estimating equations in exponential famil...

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"The Neglect of Fluctuations in the Thermodynamics of Computation" (Next Week at the Energy and Information Seminar)

April 1, 2014
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Lo these many years ago, I blogged about how a paper of John Norton's had led me to have doubts about Landauer's Principle. Prof. Norton has continued to work on this topic, and I am very happy to share the news about his upcoming talk at CMU's "Ener...

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On Reaching the Clearing at the End of the Tenure Track

March 16, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Navel-gazing by a middle-aged academic. I got tenure a few weeks ago. (Technically it takes effect in July.) The feedback from the department and university which accompanied the decision was gratifyingly positive, a...

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"Unifying the Counterfactual and Graphical Approaches to Causality" (Tomorrow at the Statistics Seminar)

March 5, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Late notice of an academic talk in Pittsburgh. Only of interest if you care about the places where the kind of statistical theory that leans on concepts like "the graphical Markov property" merges with the kind of analy...

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"Unifying the Counterfactual and Graphical Approaches to Causality" (Tomorrow at the Statistics Seminar)

March 5, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Late notice of an academic talk in Pittsburgh. Only of interest if you care about the places where the kind of statistical theory that leans on concepts like "the graphical Markov property" merges with the kind of analy...

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On Getting Tenure

March 1, 2014
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Attention conservation notice: Navel-gazing by a middle-aged academic. I got tenure a few weeks ago. (Technically it takes effect in July.) The feedback from the department and university which accompanied the decision was gratifyingly positive, a...

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Lab: Scrape the Rich (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

January 2, 2014
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In which we practice extracting data from text, to learn about our betters. Assignment; files: rich-1.html, rich-2.html, rich-3.html, rich-4.html (This assignment ripped off from Vince Vu, with permission.) Introduction to Statistical Computing

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Homework: A Maze of Twisty Little Passages (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

January 2, 2014
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Homework 10: In which we build a little web-crawler to calculate page-rank (the hard way), so as to practice working with text, regular expressions, and Markov chains. Supplied code, which may or may not contain deliberate bugs. (This assignment ri...

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Lab: Tremors (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

January 2, 2014
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In which we use reading a catalog of earthquakes as a way to practice extracting data from texts. Assignment, ckm.csv data set. Introduction to Statistical Computing

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Homework: Several Hundred Degrees of Separation (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

January 2, 2014
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Homework 10: in which we refine our web-crawler from the previous assignment, by way of further working with regular expressions, and improving our estimates of page-rank. (This assignment ripped off from Vince Vu, with permission.) Introduction...

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