MCMSki IV [day 3]

January 8, 2014
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MCMSki IV [day 3]

Already on the final day..! And still this frustration in being unable to attend three sessions at once… Andrew Gelman started the day with a non-computational talk that broached on themes that are familiar to readers of his blog, on the misuse of significance tests and on recommendations for better practice. I then picked the […]

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Bayes 2014 coming up nicely!

January 8, 2014
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Today I had a very useful teleconference with the other members of the organising committee for the Bayes Pharma 2014 conference. The new website is already up and running and we've included some information.We've nearly finalised all the details and t...

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New year, new cost-effectiveness thresholds?

January 8, 2014
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Karl Claxton and colleagues at the University of York have recently published a working paper on Methods for the Estimation of the NICE Cost Effectiveness Threshold. Since a guideline was issued in 2004, NICE has used standard values of £20-30,000 per...

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Bayesian variable selection in multiple regression: Sensitivity to prior

January 8, 2014
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Bayesian variable selection in multiple regression: Sensitivity to prior

[Notice updates appended January 10, 2014.] In multiple regression, analysts are often concerned with variable selection: Of the many predictor variables, which ones should be selected for inclusion in the model? Bayesian model comparison seems to be a...

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Avinash’s magnificent zoo, and the unfulfilled promise of Big Data

January 8, 2014
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Avinash (Web Analytics 2.0) is fond of animal metaphors. I think he's the one who coined HIPPOs (Highest Paid Person's Opinion). Now he's come up with Reporting Squirrels and Analysis Ninjas. See his recent post here. In short, he is shouting about "return on analytics", a really, really important thing. What is being lost in the hype of Big Data is that all the investment in analytics has to generate…

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Belief aggregation

January 8, 2014
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Johannes Castner writes: Suppose there are k scientists, each with her own model (Bayesian Net) over m random variables. Then, because the space of Bayesian Nets over these m variables, with the square-root of the Jensen-Shannon Divergence as a distance metric is a closed and bounded space, there exists one unique Bayes Net that is […]The post Belief aggregation appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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The top 10 predictor takes on the debiased Lasso – still the champ!

January 8, 2014
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The top 10 predictor takes on the debiased Lasso – still the champ!

After reposting on the comparison between the lasso and the always top 10 predictor (leekasso) I got some feedback that the problem could be I wasn't debiasing the Lasso (thanks Tim T. on Twitter!). The idea behind debiasing (as I … Continue reading →

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Elements of Statistical Learning: A Stunningly Good Job of LaTeX to pdf to Web

January 8, 2014
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Elements of Statistical Learning: A Stunningly Good Job of LaTeX to pdf to Web

  A very Happy New Year to all! Here's a little thing to start us off.I happened to be thinking about principal-component regression vs. ridge regression yesterday, so as usual I consulted the Hastie-Tibshirani-Friedman (HTF) classic, El...

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How to display multinominal logit results graphically?

January 8, 2014
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Adriana Lins de Albuquerque writes: Do you have any suggestions for the best way to represent multinominal logit results graphically? I am using stata. My reply: I don’t know from Stata, but here are my suggestions: 1. If the categories are unordered, break them up into a series of binary choices in a tree structure […]The post How to display multinominal logit results graphically? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Losing the big picture

January 8, 2014
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Losing the big picture

One of the dangers of "Big Data" is the temptation to get lost in the details. You become so absorbed in the peeling of the onion that you don't realize your tear glands have dried up. Hans Rosling linked to...

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Applied Statistics Lesson of the Day – Choosing the Number of Levels for Factors in Experimental Design

Applied Statistics Lesson of the Day – Choosing the Number of Levels for Factors in Experimental Design

The experimenter needs to decide the number of levels for each factor in an experiment. For a qualitative (categorical) factor, the number of levels may simply be the number of categories for that factor.  However, because of cost constraints, an experimenter may choose to drop a certain category.  Based on the experimenter’s prior knowledge or […]

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Machine Learning Lesson of the Day – Using Validation to Assess Predictive Accuracy in Supervised Learning

Machine Learning Lesson of the Day – Using Validation to Assess Predictive Accuracy in Supervised Learning

Supervised learning puts a lot of emphasis on building a model that has high predictive accuracy.  Validation is a good method for assessing a model’s predictive accuracy. Validation is the use of one part of your data set to build your model and another part of your data set to assess the model’s predictive accuracy. […]

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Connecting TOAD For MySQL, MySQL Workbench, and R to Amazon AWS EC2 Using SSH Tunneling

January 8, 2014
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Connecting TOAD For MySQL, MySQL Workbench, and R to Amazon AWS EC2 Using SSH Tunneling

I often use Amazon EC2 to store and retrieve data when I need either additional storage or higher computing capacity.  In this tutorial I’ll share how to connect to a MySQL database so that one can retrieve the data and do the analysis.  I tend to use either TOAD for MySQL or MySQL Workbench to run […]

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“Philosophy of Statistical Inference and Modeling” New Course: Spring 2014: Mayo and Spanos: (Virginia Tech)

January 8, 2014
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“Philosophy of Statistical Inference and Modeling” New Course: Spring 2014: Mayo and Spanos:  (Virginia Tech)

New course for Spring 2014: Thursday 3:30-6:15 Phil 6334: Philosophy of Statistical Inference and Modeling D. Mayo and A. Spanos Contact: error@vt.edu This new course, to be jointly taught by Professors D. Mayo (Philosophy) and A. Spanos (Economics) will provide an introductory, in-depth introduction to graduate level research in philosophy of inductive-statistical inference and probabilistic […]

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Significant news

January 7, 2014
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Significant news

Good news on the second day back to work after the Christmas break: I've been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Significance magazine $-$ of course I have happily agreed to the invitation!I have always been a big fan of the magazine (in fact I...

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13 popular articles from 2013

January 7, 2014
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13 popular articles from 2013

In 2013 I published 110 blog posts. Some of these articles were more popular than others, often because they were linked to from a SAS newsletter such as the SAS Statistics and Operations Research News. In no particular order, here are some of my most popular posts from 2013, organized [...]

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Preparing for tenure track job interviews

January 7, 2014
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Editor's note: This is a slightly modified version of a previous post. If you are in the job market you will soon be receiving (or already received) an invitation for an interview. So how should you prepare?  You have two goals. The … Continue reading →

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My recent debugging experience

January 7, 2014
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My recent debugging experience

OK, so this sort of thing happens sometimes. I was working on a new idea (still working on it; if it ultimately works out—or if it doesn’t—I’ll let you know) and as part of it I was fitting little models in Stan, in a loop. I thought it would make sense to start with linear […]The post My recent debugging experience appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Text Mining: The Next Data Frontier – Scientific Computing

January 7, 2014
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Text Mining: The Next Data Frontier – Scientific Computing

From: http://www.scientificcomputing.com/articles/2014/01/text-mining-next-data-frontier#.UswIHNLuLToMon, 01/06/2014 - 2:04pmMark AnawisBy some estimates, 80 percent of available information occurs as free-form textText Mining: The Next Data Front...

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MCMSki IV [day 1.5]

January 7, 2014
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MCMSki IV [day 1.5]

The afternoon sessions I attended were “Computational and Methodological Challenges in evidence synthesis and multi-step” organised by Nicky Best and Sylvia Richardson and “Approximate inference” put together by Dan Simpson. Since both Nicky and Sylvia were alas unable to attend MCMSki, I chaired their session, which I found most interesting as connected to a recurrent […]

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From spreadsheet thinking to R thinking

January 7, 2014
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From spreadsheet thinking to R thinking

Towards the basic R mindset. Previously The post “A first step towards R from spreadsheets” provides an introduction to switching from spreadsheets to R.  It also includes a list of additional posts (like this one) on the transition. Add two columns Figure 1 shows some numbers in two columns and the start of adding those […] The post From spreadsheet thinking to R thinking appeared first on Burns Statistics.

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Whale charts – Visualising customer profitability

January 7, 2014
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Whale charts – Visualising customer profitability

The Christmas and New Year's break is over, yet there is still time to return unwanted presents. Return to Santa was the title of an article in the Economist that highlighted the impact on online retailers, as return rates can be alarmingly high. ...

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