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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2016

April 20, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Guido W. Imbens and Donald B. Rubin, Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences: An Introduction While I found less to disagree with about the over-all approach than I anticipated...

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"Network Comparisons Using Sample Splitting"

April 20, 2016
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Lawrence Wang, Network Comparisons Using Sample Splitting Abstract: Many scientific questions about networks are actually network comparison problems: Could two networks have reasonably come from a common source? Are there specific differences? We ...

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Course Announcements: Statistical Network Models, Fall 2016

April 20, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: Self-promotion, and irrelevant unless you (1) will be a student at Carnegie Mellon in the fall, or (2) have a morbid curiosity about a field in which the realities of social life are first caricatured into an impoverishe...

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In memoriam Prita Shireen Kumarappa Shalizi

April 20, 2016
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4 September 1918 -- 4 April 2016

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2016

April 12, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II The story told here is just as appalling as the sub-title promises. Blackmon focus...

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"Reassembling the History of the Novel"

April 1, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: Only of interest if you (1) care about the quantitative history of English novels, and (2) will be in Pittsburgh at the end of the month. I had nothing to do with making this happen — Scott Weingart did — bu...

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You Think This Is Bad

April 1, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: Note the date. Any intelligent and well-intentioned person should have a huge, even over-riding preference for leaving existing social and political institutions and hierarchies alone, just because they are the existing...

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On the Uncertainty of the Bayesian Estimator

March 22, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: A failed attempt at a dialogue, combining the philosophical sophistication and easy approachability of statistical theory with the mathematical precision and practical application of epistemology, dragged out for 2500+ w...

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Denying the Service of a Differentially Private Database

February 26, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: A half-clever dig at one of the more serious and constructive attempts to do something about an important problem that won't go away on its own. It doesn't even explain the idea it tries to undermine. Jerzy's "cursor...

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"Analyzing large-scale data: Taxi Tipping behavior in NYC" (This Week at the Statistics Seminar)

February 26, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: Only of interest if you (1) care about large-scale data analysis and/or taxis, and (2) will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday Friday. The last but by no means least talk seminar talk this week: Taylor Arnold, "Analyzing la...

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