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How to run a course (if you’re me)

July 17, 2017
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Last summer, I and my trusty henchpeople from the Department of Politics ran an intensive six week summer course for incoming freshmen on data science (‘POL245’, for locals)....

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Packaging the TheyWorkForYou API

June 4, 2017
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TheyWorkForYou is a great website for keeping up with British politics and one of the many fine things mySociety does to make democracy in the UK more transparent....

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No, Bayesians don’t think all parameters are random

May 3, 2016
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Pretty regularly – usually in the middle of one of those interminable fixed-vs-random effects discussions – someone will pipe up that “Of course, for Bayesians this random vs...

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Voting and vaccinating

February 13, 2016
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Some people think it isn’t rational to vote. Usually the argument is as follows: the probability of being pivotal, that is: the probability that your vote will ‘decide’...

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Premises

January 9, 2016
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A: You know I like the idea of using logic and logical deduction to understand how thinking should be done. This idea that beliefs are, or at least...

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Identifying the OS from R

June 10, 2015
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Sometimes a bit of R code needs to know what operating system it’s running on. Here’s a short account of where you can find this information and a...

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What’s so great about real names?

May 14, 2015
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A little while back a New York Times article discusses the consequences for college admission of saying undiplomatic things in social media. Apparently colleges monitor, or at least check...

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Translational Bioinformatics Year In Review

April 10, 2015
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Translational Bioinformatics Year In Review

Per tradition, Russ Altman gave his "Translational Bioinformatics: The Year in Review" presentation at the close of the AMIA Joint Summit on Translational Bioinformatics in San Francisco on March 26th.  This year, papers came from six key areas (a...

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Getting R and Java 1.8 to work together on OSX

December 29, 2014
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Hey Mac OSX users with Java 1.8 installed. Did R just request a Java 1.6 installation and then promptly crash your session?  If so, read on… The Problem...

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An open letter to Scotland on the eve of their independence vote

September 17, 2014
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Bye.

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