The Giants QB Eli Manning is in the news for the wrong reason this season. His hometown paper, the New York Times, looked the other way, focusing on one metric that he still excels at, which is longevity. This is...

Sometimes you can derive a probability distributions from a list of properties it must have. For example, there are several properties that lead inevitably to the normal distribution or the Poisson distribution. Although such derivations are attractive, they don’t apply that often, and they’re suspect when they do apply. There’s often some effect that keeps […]

When I’m asked for a good book about visualization, I usually try to change the subject. There is no book I really love, they all have their issues. But thanks to Isabel Meirelles, I can now give a straight answer: Design for Information. In the interest of full disclosure: I was sent a free copy […]

I have to admit the rather embarrassing fact that Machine Learning, A probabilistic perspective by Kevin P. Murphy is the first machine learning book I really read in detail…! It is a massive book with close to 1,100 pages and I thus hesitated taking it with me around, until I grabbed it in my bag […]

Rohin Dhar writes: The Priceonomics blog is doing a feature where we ask a few economists what they think of the the institution of tenure. If you’d be interested in participating, I’d love to get your response. As an economist, what do you think of tenure? Should it be abolished / kept / modified? My […]The post The institution of tenure appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

*addition of note [2]. A long-running research program in philosophy is to seek a quantitative measure C(h,x) to capture intuitive ideas about “confirmation” and about “confirmational relevance”. The components of C(h,x) are allowed to be any statements, no reference to a probability model or to joint distributions are required. Then h is “confirmed” or supported […]

Recently, Yu-Sung Su and Masanao Yajima, the developers of the R2jags package, have released a new version (the current one is 0.03-11). As far as I understand it, one of the main changes is that since the update, R2jags no longer depend...

Dan Gerlanc writes: I read your post the other day [now the other month, as our blog is on a bit of a delay] on helping psychologists do research and thought you might be interested in our R package, “bootES”, for robust effect size calculation and confidence interval estimation using resampling techniques. The package provides […]The post R package for effect size calculations for psychology researchers appeared first on Statistical…

Those are Williams designs you might say, but it has become clear to me that Williams designs are just a subset of all carry-over balanced designs. Not through hard work of mine, comments by Apn on my previous post Creating Williams designs with e...

I’ve been looking for template reports using R and Knitr for a while but I didn’t find anything that suits my needs so far. I therefore decided to create them myself. What I like to see about trading strategies are basic performance charts (daily, monthly and yearly), some basic trading statistics and above all most […]

I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because I have been trying to figure out what I should do next. One thing that I have been working on lately that I am very passionate about is Movide. Movide is a student-centric learning platform. You might yawn at this point and wonder why Movide matters. It's a natural reaction, given the crowded learning tools marketplace. Movide, matters, I think, because it…

Expectation propagation and approximate Bayesian computation. Here are X’s comments on a paper, “Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference,” by Simon Barthelme and Nicolas Chopin. The paper is not new but the topic is still hot. Also there’s this paper by Maurizio Filippone and Mark Girolami on computation for Gaussian process models. I wonder how this connects […]The post EP and ABC appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

In my last post, I talked about two general approaches to conducting statistical research: platforms and integration. In this followup I thought I'd describe the characteristics of certain fields that suggesting taking one approach over another. I think in practice, … Continue reading →

This article is about rotating matrices. No, I don't mean "rotation matrices," I mean rotating matrices. As in turning a matrix 90 degrees in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. I was reading a program written in MATLAB in which the programmer used a MATLAB function called ROT90, which rotates a [...]