Statistical Theater of the Absurd: “Stat on a Hot Tin Roof”

August 9, 2015
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Statistical Theater of the Absurd: “Stat on a Hot Tin Roof”

Memory lane: Did you ever consider how some of the colorful exchanges among better-known names in statistical foundations could be the basis for high literary drama in the form of one-act plays (even if appreciated by only 3-7 people in the world)? (Think of the expressionist exchange between Bohr and Heisenberg in Michael Frayn’s play […]

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delayed in Seattle

August 8, 2015
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delayed in Seattle

Here are the slides of my talk on delayed acceptance I present this afternoon at JSM 2015, in Seattle, in the Bayesian Computation I (2pm, room CC-4C1) and II (4pm, room CC-3A) sessions Omiros Papaspiliopoulos and myself put together (sponsored by IMS and ISBA):Filed under: Books, R, Statistics, Travel, University life Tagged: American Statistical Association, […]

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Classifying causes of death using “verbal autopsies”

August 8, 2015
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Tyler McCormick sent along this paper, “Probabilistic Cause-of-death Assignment using Verbal Autopsies,” coauthored with Zehang Li, Clara Calvert, Amelia Crampin, Kathleen Kahn, and Samuel Clark: In areas without complete-coverage civil registration and vital statistics systems there is uncertainty about even the most basic demographic indicators. In such areas the majority of deaths occur outside hospitals […] The post Classifying causes of death using “verbal autopsies” appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The 2015 Argentine's presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute begun to appear more clearly since the major parties announced their potential candidates last June. This Sunday, the political parties are holding their primaries for the upcoming presidential election. As in US, in Argentine the primaries are important for … Read More →

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The H-P Filter and Unit Roots

August 7, 2015
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The H-P Filter and Unit Roots

The Hodrick-Prescott (H-P) filter is widely used for trend removal in economic time-series, and as a basis for business cycle analysis, etc. I've posted about the H-P filter before (e.g., here).There's a widespread belief that application of the H-P fi...

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The secret to making a successful conference presentation

August 7, 2015
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JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) are coming up soon, and Jiqiang’s giving a talk on Stan. Here’s the advice I gave him: in 20 minutes, something like this: – What is Stan? – Where does Stan work well? – Current and future Stan research. For JSM audience it could be good to spend some time […] The post The secret to making a successful conference presentation appeared first on Statistical…

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Matrix Factorization Comes in Many Flavors: Components, Clusters, Building Blocks and Ideals

August 7, 2015
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Matrix Factorization Comes in Many Flavors: Components, Clusters, Building Blocks and Ideals

Unsupervised learning is covered in Chapter 14 of The Elements of Statistical Learning. Here we learn about several data reduction techniques including principal component analysis (PCA), K-means clustering, nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) ...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina's 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primari...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The Argentina’s 2015 presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute is now more stable as the major parties announced their candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are holding their primaries...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The 2015 Argentine’s presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute begun to appear more clearly since the major parties announced their potential candidates last June. In the next Sunday, political parties are hol...

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Argentine general election, 2015

August 7, 2015
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Argentine general election, 2015

The 2015 Argentine’s presidential election to be held next October 25th is approaching and the dispute begun to appear more clearly since the major parties announced their potential candidates last June. This Sunday, the political parties are holdin...

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Estimating Elasticities, All Over Again

August 6, 2015
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Estimating Elasticities, All Over Again

I had some interesting email from Andrew a while back to do with computing elasticities from log-log regression models, and some related issues.In his first email, Andrew commented:"I am interested in the elasticity of H with respect to W, e.g., hours ...

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Compiling RMarkdown from a Helper R Script

August 6, 2015
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Compiling RMarkdown from a Helper R Script

The problemI was looking for a way to compile an RMarkdown document and have the filename of the resulting PDF or HTML document contain the name of the input data that it processed. That is, if I compiled the analysis.Rmd file, where in that file it di...

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When does Bayes do the job?

August 6, 2015
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E. J. writes: I’m writing a paper where I discuss one of the advantages of Bayesian inference, namely that it scales up to complex problems where maximum likelihood would simply be unfeasible or unattractive. I have an example where 2000 parameters are estimated in a nonlinear hierarchical model; MLE would not fare well in this […] The post When does Bayes do the job? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Moment conditions and Bayesian nonparametrics

August 5, 2015
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Moment conditions and Bayesian nonparametrics

Luke Bornn, Neil Shephard, and Reza Solgi (all from Harvard) have arXived a pretty interesting paper on simulating targets on a zero measure set. Although it is not initially presented this way, but rather in non-parametric terms as moment conditions where θ is the parameter of the sampling distribution, constrained by the value of β. (Which […]

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God-awful conference websites

August 5, 2015
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God-awful conference websites

What do I want in a conference website? Not this. I want to be able to browse sessions to find the ones I’m interested in. That means being able to see the session title and time as well as the speakers and talk titles. A super-long web page is perfectly fine. If you can’t show […]

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God-awful conference websites

August 5, 2015
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God-awful conference websites

What do I want in a conference website? Not this. I want to be able to browse sessions to find the ones I’m interested in. That means being able to see the session title and time as well as the speakers and talk titles. A super-long web page is perfectly fine. If you can’t show […]

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