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Slowing things down

July 28, 2015
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Slowing things down

Who doesn't love a good top 10 list? They're short, easy to read, and for the sake of us not having to think too hard, have already decided the answer for us. A favorite top 10 genre of mine is the top 10 cities list. We've all seen them...

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Goals for the New R Consortium

July 28, 2015
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Goals for the New R Consortium

by Bob Muenchen The recently-created R Consortium consists of companies that are deeply involved in R such as RStudio, Microsoft/Revolution Analytics, Tibco, and others. The Consortium’s goals include advancing R’s worldwide promotion and support, encouraging user adoption, and improving documentation … Continue reading →

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Statistical Models of Judgment and Choice: Deciding What Matters Guided by Attention and Intention

July 27, 2015
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Statistical Models of Judgment and Choice: Deciding What Matters Guided by Attention and Intention

Preference begins with attention, a form of intention-guided perception. You enter the store thirsty on a hot summer day, and all you can see is the beverage cooler at the far end of the aisle with your focus drawn toward the cold beverages that you im...

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Efficient accumulation in R

July 27, 2015
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Efficient accumulation in R

R has a number of very good packages for manipulating and aggregating data (plyr, sqldf, ScaleR, data.table, and more), but when it comes to accumulating results the beginning R user is often at sea. The R execution model is a bit exotic so many R users are very uncertain which methods of accumulating results are … Continue reading Efficient accumulation in R →

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Statbusters are back, taking on robots that hire people

July 27, 2015
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In our newest column, we take on the recent media obsession with companies who make robots that hire people. (link) As with most articles about data science, the journalists failed to dig up any evidence that these robots work, other than glowing quotes from the people who are selling these robots. We point out a number of challenges that such algorithms must overcome in order to generate proper predictions. We…

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Rebonato on Bond-Yield Econometrics

July 27, 2015
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Riccardo Rebonato (R) has a fascinating new paper, which builds on important earlier work of Cieslak and Povala (2010) (CP). The cool thing about CP is the way it advances and blends certain aspects of both the spanning literature ("all infor...

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Launch party

July 27, 2015
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Launch party

I think I've already mentioned this work here and here: after much tribulation, mostly due to the fact that we had to co-ordinate a relatively large number of papers in a single journal issue, we are very close to the publication of our work on the Ste...

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DigiPub

July 27, 2015
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DigiPub

Mid-December 2014 Statistics Switzerland launched its first digital publication for tablets (iOs. Android) and (and!) browser, in French and German. …Continue reading →

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Engaging students in learning statistics using The Islands.

July 27, 2015
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Engaging students in learning statistics using The Islands.

Three Problems and a Solution Modern teaching methods for statistics have gone beyond the mathematical calculation of trivial problems. Computers can enable large size studies, bringing reality to the subject, but this is not without its own problems. Problem 1: … Continue reading →

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Tiny Data, Approximate Bayesian Computation and the Socks of Karl Broman: The Movie

July 26, 2015
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This is a screencast of my UseR! 2015 presentation: Tiny Data, Approximate Bayesian Computation and the Socks of Karl Broman. Based on the original blog post it is a quick’n’dirty introduction to approximate Bayesian computation (and is also, in ...

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