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

December 14, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Ruth Downie, Medicus; Terra Incognita; Persona Non Grata; Caveat Emptor; Semper Fidelis; Tabula Rasa Mind candy: historical mysteries set in early 2nd century Roman Britain (and southern Gaul), followi...

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

December 14, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution Wood's thesis is that the revolution's radicalism wasn't so much in class struggle as it was in over-throwing the idea of a society of orders,...

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Oh, Wikipedia

December 14, 2016
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Wikipedia is a tremendous accomplishment and an invaluable resource. It is also highly unreliable. Since I have just spent a bit of time on the second fork, let me record it here for posterity. A reader of my notebook on information theory wanted t...

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In Memoriam Stephen E. Fienberg (27 November 1942 — 14 December 2016)

December 14, 2016
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Steve was an inspiration to me long before I came to CMU, when he was just a name on the page. When I did meet him, he was only more impressive. He seemed to know everything and everyone, to be interested in everything, to have thought seriously abo...

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

July 6, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Oliver Morton, The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World This is just as impressive, enlightening, gracefully-written and thoughtful as I'd expect from the author of Eaters of the S...

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

June 2, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire Collectively, "the Ibis trilogy", three historical novels centered around the First Opium War. They're beautifully written and the viewpo...

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"Nonparametric Estimation and Comparison for Networks" (Friday at U. Washington)

May 5, 2016
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Attention conservation notice:: An academic promoting his own talk. Even if you can get past that, only of interest if you (1) care about statistical methods for comparing network data sets, and (2) will be in Seattle on Friday. Since the coin came ...

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

May 4, 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"

May 4, 2016
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My fifth Ph.D. student is defending his thesis towards the end of the month: Lawrence Wang, Network Comparisons Using Sample Splitting Abstract: Many scientific questions about networks are actually network comparison problems: Could two networks ha...

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"Partitioning a Large Simulation as It Runs" (Next Week at the Statistics Seminar)

May 4, 2016
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Attention conservation notice: Only of interest if you (1) care about running large simulations which are actually good for something, and (2) will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Kary Myers, "Partitioning a Large Simulation as It Runs" (Technometrics ...

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