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Fastest Growing Software for Scholarly Analytics: Python, R, KNIME…

March 30, 2015
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Fastest Growing Software for Scholarly Analytics: Python, R, KNIME…

In my ongoing quest to “analyze the world of analytics”, I’ve added the following section below to The Popularity of Data Analysis Software: It would be useful to have growth trend graphs for each of the analytics packages I track, … Continue reading →

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Pros and cons of the term “data science”

March 30, 2015
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I’ve resisted using the term “data science,” and enjoy poking fun at it now and then, but I’ve decided it’s not such a bad label after all. Here are some of the pros and cons of the term. (Listing “cons” first seems backward, but I’m currently leaning toward the pro side, so I thought I […]

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, July 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Stephen King, Eyes of the Dragon Mind candy. I really liked it when I was a boy, and on re-reading it's not been visited by the Suck Fairy, but I did come away with two thoughts. (1) I'd have been ve...

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A Statement from the Editorial Board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Haruspicy

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: Leaden academic sarcasm about methodology. The following statement was adopted unanimously by the editorial board of the journal, and reproduced here in full: We wish to endorse, in its entirety and without reservation...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, August 2014

March 29, 2015
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George Scialabba, What Are Intellectuals Good For? Essays and Reviews and The Modern Predicament When I was trying to teach myself how to be a critic (or at least how to write criticism), one of my models was this "George Scialabba" character, who ke...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, September 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Lauren Beukes, Broken Monsters In which Detroit, which evidently hasn't suffered enough, must deal with an outbreak from the dungeon dimensions, cleverly disguised as a mere psycho killer loose in i...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, October 2010

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Victor LaValle, The Devil in Silver Mind candy: literary fiction about life in a mental hospital. Enjoyable and humane; I'll look out for more by LaValle. Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker Mind candy, at t...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, November 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Kathleen Tierney (= Caitlin Kiernan), Blood Oranges Mind candy: it's hard out there for a hustler on the fringes of Providence's supernatural demi-monde. Nicole Peeler, Jinn and Juice Mind candy; fr...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, December 2014

March 29, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Mike Carey et al., Unwritten, 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity Comic book mind candy, in which the wonderful power of story-telling is wielded with irresponsibly. Matt Fraction and Gabriel B&ag...

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Introduction to Statistical Computing

March 29, 2015
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At an intersection of Enigmas of Chance and Corrupting the Young. Class homepage Fall 2014 Class announcement Lectures: Introduction to the Course; Basic Data Types Bigger Data Structures Dataframes and Control Introduction to Strings Regular...

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