Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

December 4, 2015
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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

Next Sunday Venezuelans are heading to the polls once again with international concerns about the clearness of the balloting. To get an idea about the political climate over there, I’ve collected some polls available on the internet. The surprising t...

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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

December 4, 2015
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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

Next Sunday Venezuelans are heading to the polls once again with international concerns about the clearness of the balloting. To get an idea about the political climate over there, I’ve collected some polls available on the internet. The surprising ...

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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

December 4, 2015
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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

Next Sunday Venezuelans are heading to the polls once again with international concerns about the clearness of the balloting. To get an idea about the political climate over there, I've collected some polls available on the internet. The surprisin...

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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

December 4, 2015
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Venezuela’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections

Next Sunday Venezuelans are heading to the polls once again with international concerns about the clearness of the balloting. To get an idea about the political climate over there, I've collected some polls available on the internet. The surprisin...

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Confidence intervals: What they are and are not

December 3, 2015
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Confidence intervals: What they are and are not

Over at the Psychonomic Society Featured Content blog, there are several new articles outlining some of our work on confidence intervals published previously in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. In a three-part series, Steve Lewandosky ...

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‘The Libertarian Republic’ author refers to Obamacare ‘spike’ in medical adminstrators before it even became law.

December 3, 2015
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‘The Libertarian Republic’ author refers to Obamacare ‘spike’ in medical adminstrators before it even became law.

I don't usually read 'The Libertarian Republic', but this article was shared by a friend on my Facebook feed. The author writes that the 'armies of bureaucrats' (i.e., medical administrators), necessitated by government regulation, are responsible for the rise in medical costs. The evidence presented is a figure that shows the growth of physicians and … Continue reading 'The Libertarian Republic' author refers to Obamacare 'spike' in medical adminstrators before…

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Internet use and religion, part six

December 3, 2015
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Internet use and religion, part six

In my work on Internet use and religion, one of the recurring questions is whether the analysis I am doing, primarily regression models using observational data, provides evidence that Internet use causes decreased religiosity, or only shows a statisti...

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Why are we such a litigious society?

December 3, 2015
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Why are we such a litigious society?

As a European, I’ve always been fascinated by how trivial and common-sense matters end up in courts. I’ve been less fascinated and more annoyed by the piles of forms and disclaimers everywhere. Finally, annoyance takes over any kind of fascination faced with the medical bills – often so high because of lawsuit-protecting insurance. As Paul H. […] The post Why are we such a litigious society? appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Not So Standard Deviations: Episode 5 – IRL Roger is Totally With It

December 3, 2015
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I just posted Episode 5 of Not So Standard Deviations so check your feeds! Sorry for the long delay since the last episode but we got a bit tripped up by the Thanksgiving holiday. In this episode, Hilary and I open up the mailbag and go through some of the feedback we've gotten on the

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Rogue historian just can’t stop can’t stop copying copying copying

December 3, 2015
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Rogue historian just can’t stop can’t stop copying copying copying

Terrie Lee Ekin points me to this update on the noted Arizona plagiarist: Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio wants a consultant to pay back the city $21,800, for monies paid to develop a course to teach police officers cultural awareness. DiCicco said Dr. Matthew Whitaker does not deserve the money he was paid after billing […] The post Rogue historian just can’t stop can’t stop copying copying copying appeared first…

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Next Kölner R User Meeting: Friday, 4 December 2015

December 3, 2015
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: Friday, 4 December 2015

The 16th Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 4 December 2015 and we have great line up with three talks followed by networking drinks. Monitoring process change using Bayesian methods (Mick Cooney)A common business problem is to...

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The Statistician as Data Action Hero

December 2, 2015
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"If our goal as a field is to use data to solve problems, then we need to move away from exclusive dependence on data models and adopt a more diverse set of tools."Leo BreimanStatistical Modeling: The Two CulturesBreiman ends the opening abstract of hi...

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NYU "Five-Star" Conference 2015

December 2, 2015
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Program with clickable papers here.  The amazing thing about Five-Star is that it actually works, and works well, year after year, despite the usually-disastrous fact that it involves coordination among universities. 

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NYU "Five-Star" Conference 2015

December 2, 2015
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Program with clickable papers here.  The amazing thing about Five-Star is that it actually works, and works well, year after year, despite the usually-disastrous fact that it involves coordination among universities. 

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NYU "Five-Star" Conference 2015

December 2, 2015
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Program with clickable papers here.  The amazing thing about Five-Star is that it actually works, and works well, year after year, despite the usually-disastrous fact that it involves coordination among universities. 

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NYU "Five-Star" Conference 2015

December 2, 2015
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Program with clickable papers here.  The amazing thing about Five-Star is that it actually works, and works well, year after year, despite the usually-disastrous fact that it involves coordination among universities. 

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Prior on df (normality) parameter in t distribution

December 2, 2015
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Many models in DBDA use a t distribution for "robust" estimation of central tendency parameters. The idea is that the heavy tails of a t distribution can accommodate data points that would be outliers relative to a normal distribution, and therefore th...

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Garry is 50 years old. He is a chess player who is also active in a political movement.

December 2, 2015
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Garry is 50 years old.  He is a chess player who is also active in a political movement.

You all know about Linda, that now-retired bank teller who back in the 1970s was active in the feminist movement. Even if she never had any formal political experience before this activity, Linda might well have had a talent for politics. Garry is in the opposite situation: he’s had several political opportunities since his rise […] The post Garry is 50 years old. He is a chess player who is…

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What you learned and not learned about machine learning

December 2, 2015
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What you learned and not learned about machine learning

My friend Liliane pointed me to this HBR article about "machine learning." (link) As a basic introduction, the article is pretty good. Here are 3 things you learned and 2 things you didn't learn from this article. 3 Things You Learned Machine learning is not the same as learning as you know it. At the end of step 5 ("Iterate"), the author proudly states "It has learned." But what does…

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Reviewers and open science: why PRO?

December 2, 2015
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Reviewers and open science: why PRO?

As of yesterday, our paper outlining the PRO Initiative for open science was accepted for publication in the journal Royal Society Open Science. It marks the end of many tweaks to the basic idea, and hopefully the beginning of a new era in peer reviewi...

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Eurostat Forecasting Competition Deadline Approaching

December 2, 2015
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I have some serious reservations about forecasting competitions, at least as typically implemented by groups like Kaggle. But still they're useful and exciting and absolutely fascinating. Here's a timely call for participation, from Eurostat. (Act...

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Arrange matrices and graphs in a gridded layout

December 2, 2015
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Arrange matrices and graphs in a gridded layout

Last week my colleague Chris Hemedinger published a blog post that described how to use the ODS LAYOUT GRIDDED statement to arrange tables and graphs in a panel. The statement was introduced in SAS 9.4m1 (December 2013). Gridded layout is supported for HTML, POWERPOINT, and the PRINTER family of destinations […] The post Arrange matrices and graphs in a gridded layout appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

December 2, 2015
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Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

Bad writing and the inability to explain in terms normal people can understand are the hallmarks of academic writing. Here are two books every academic should read and take to heart to be able to recognize bad prose and learn how to fix it. Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Terms Munroe is the guy … Continue reading Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

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