## What versions of R are supported by SAS?

September 16, 2013
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SAS has supported calling R from the SAS/IML language since 2009. The interface to R is part of the SAS/IML language. However, there have been so many versions of SAS and R since 2009, that it is hard to remember which SAS release supports which versions of R. The following [...]

## Profile Likelihood for New Jersey U.S. Senate Special Election

September 16, 2013
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As it stands right now Cory Booker has a very good chance of winning the New Jersey Special U.S. Senate election on October 16 to replace Frank Lautenberg and fill the remainder of his term for the next 15 months.  So with the election only about a month away I took advantage of some of […]

## Data Visualization and Journalism Event in San Francisco on September 26

September 16, 2013
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Visual.ly is hosting an event on data visualization and journalism on September 26 in San Francisco, under the rather clever heading of DV’n'J (think PB&J). I’m one of the speakers. I will be talking about my research on storytelling and where I see visualization going in journalism. Given the audience, The new Story Points feature […]

## How to learn statistics (Part 2)

September 15, 2013
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Some more help (preaching?) for students of statistics Last week I outlined the first five principles to help people to learn and study statistics. They focussed on how you need to practise in order to be good at statistics and … Continue reading →

## 60 Seconds on Measurement vs. Theory in all the Sciences

September 15, 2013
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At Penn we have something of a unique tradition, an ongoing series of "60-Second Lectures." Four Penn profs speak each semester, outdoors, at noon on four consecutive Wednesdays. And yes, each of the four lectures is capped at 60 seconds.60-Second...

## Swiss Jonah Lehrer update

September 15, 2013
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Nassim Taleb adds this link to the Dobelli story.I’m confused. I thought Swiss dudes were supposed to plagiarize their own stuff, not rip off other people’s. Whassup with that?The post Swiss Jonah Lehrer update appeared first on Statistic...

## JAGS users: runjags has been updated

September 15, 2013
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Image credit: http://www.potracksgalore.com/accessories/hanging-chains/premierpotrackchains.cfm The package runjags by Matt Denwood has been recently updated. The runjags package has many nice facilities for running JAGS, especially a seamless interfac...

## The it-gets-me-so-angry-I-can’t-deal-with-it threshold

September 15, 2013
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I happened to be looking at Slate (I know, I know, but I’d already browsed Gawker and I was desperately avoiding doing real work) and came across this article by Alice Gregory entitled, “I Read Everything Janet Malcolm Ever Published. I’m in awe of her.” I too think Malcolm is an excellent writer, but (a) […]The post The it-gets-me-so-angry-I-can’t-deal-with-it threshold appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

## Lab: Only the Answers Have Changed (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

September 15, 2013
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In which we try our hand at controlling the flow of our code, and learn about the reproducibility of randomized procedures. Lab, R code Introduction to Statistical Computing

## Writing and Calling Functions (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

September 15, 2013
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Lecture 4: Just as data structures tie related values together into objects, functions tie related commands together into objects. Declaring functions. Arguments (inputs) and return values (outputs). Named arguments, defaults, and calling functions....

## Homework: Tweaking Resource-Allocation-by-Tweaking (Introduction to Statistical Computing)

September 15, 2013
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In which we make incremental improvements to our code for planning by incremental improvements. Assignment, code. Introduction to Statistical Computing

## Import.io Site Wrapping for the Masses?

September 15, 2013
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I recently came across a new startup product called import.io. The product provides a site wrapping tool which allows anyone to create wrappers for sites with repeated structured information and thereby access the data on the site. For example, one...

## “When Bayesian Inference Shatters” Owhadi, Scovel, and Sullivan (guest post)

September 15, 2013
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I’m extremely grateful to Drs. Owhadi, Scovel and Sullivan for replying to my request for “a plain Jane” explication of their interesting paper, “When Bayesian Inference Shatters”, and especially for permission to post it. If readers want to ponder the paper awhile and send me comments for guest posts or “U-PHILS*” (by OCT 15), let […]

## paste, paste0, and sprintf

September 15, 2013
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I find myself pasting urls and lots of little pieces together lately. Now paste is a standard go to guy when you wanna glue some stuff together. But often I find myself pasting and getting stuff like this: Rather than … Continue reading →

## Mixed models; Random Coefficients, part 2

September 14, 2013
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Continuing from random coefficients part 1, it is time for the second part. To quote the SAS/STAT manual 'a random coefficients model with error terms that follow a nested structure'. The additional random variable is monthc, which is a factor con...

## On blogging

September 14, 2013
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From 1982: The necessary conceit of the essayist must be that in writing down what is obvious to him he is not wasting his reader’s time. The value of what he does will depend on the quality of his perception, not on the length of his manuscript. Too many dull books about literature would have […]The post On blogging appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

## LaTeX: Paragraph, Spacing, and Indentation

September 14, 2013
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Let us visit the history of Statistics (source here), and utilize this for demonstrations of paragraph, spacing, and indentation in $\mathrm{\LaTeX}$. Consider the following: Output 1Executing these, we will have Output 1. This is the simplest way we c...

## Monty Hall (oh no, not again)

September 14, 2013
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Quite frequently, someone on the internet discovers the Monty Hall paradox, and become so enthusiastic that it becomes urgent to publish an article – or a post – about it. The latest example can be http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24045598. I won’t blame them, I did the same a few years ago (see http://freakonometrics.hypotheses.org/776, or http://freakonometrics.hypotheses.org/775, in French). My point today is that the Monty Hall paradox raise an important question, about information. How comes…

## So you’re moving to Baltimore

September 13, 2013
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Editor's Note: This post was written by Brian Caffo, occasional Simply Statistics contributor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins. This was written primarily for incoming graduate students, but if you're planning on moving … Continue reading →

## You heard it here first: Intense exercise can suppress appetite

September 13, 2013
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This post is by Phil Price. The New York Times recently ran an article entitled “How Exercise Can Help Us Eat Less,” which begins with this: “Strenuous exercise seems to dull the urge to eat afterward better than gentler workouts, several new studies show, adding to a growing body of science suggesting that intense exercise […]The post You heard it here first: Intense exercise can suppress appetite appeared first on…

## BCEA in UseR!

September 13, 2013
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In a recent post, I had hinted at big news for BCEA $-$ I thought it was pretty much a done deal, but because it wasn't yet set in stone, I didn't want to jinx it...But now I've sorted all the details with Springer, who have asked me to write...

## Swiss Jonah Lehrer

September 13, 2013
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Psychology researcher Chris Chabris writes: Rolf Dobelli, a Swiss writer, published a book called The Art of Thinking Clearly earlier this year with HarperCollins in the U.S. The book’s original German edition was a #1 bestseller, and the book has sold over one million copies worldwide. In perusing Mr. Dobelli’s book, we noticed several familiar-sounding […]The post Swiss Jonah Lehrer appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

## MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #8)

September 13, 2013
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A reposted item of news about MCMSki IV: as posted by Brad Carlin this afternoon to the Biometrics Section and Bayesian Statistical Science Section of the ASA, The fifth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki IV”, will be held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, […]