On deck this week

March 16, 2015
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Mon: The State of the Art in Causal Inference: Some Changes Since 1972 Grandma Moses vs. Philip K. Dick (2) Tues: The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now? Sigmund Freud vs. Stewart Lee Wed: New time unit needed! Jane Austen vs. Karl Popper Thurs: Cracked.com > Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Lying with statistics, anti-vax edition 2015

March 16, 2015
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Lying with statistics, anti-vax edition 2015

Sometimes Facebook’s suggestions of things to read lead to some seriously funny material. After clicking on a link about vaccines, Facebook recommended I read an article about health outcomes in unvaccinated children. Reading this rubbish made me as...

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How to pass parameters to a SAS program

March 16, 2015
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How to pass parameters to a SAS program

This article show how to run a SAS program in batch mode and send parameters into the program by specifying the parameters when you run SAS from a command line interface. This technique has many uses, one of which is to split a long-running SAS computation into a series of […] The post How to pass parameters to a SAS program appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Mohandas Gandhi (1) vs. Mother Teresa (4); Hobbes advances

March 15, 2015
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For yesterday, we didn’t get much in the way of comments, so I’ll have to go with this comment by Jonathan: Hobbes is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of philosophers. Any time someone feels he’s been killed off, he’ll be back. Tolstoy is the Buster Keaton of novelists. Widely admired, widely studied, and just about obsolete in […] The post Mohandas Gandhi (1) vs. Mother Teresa (4); Hobbes advances appeared first on…

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“In general I think these literatures have too much focus on data analysis and not enough on data collection.”

March 15, 2015
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Mike Zyphur pointed me to an article appearing in Psychological Bulletin with a meta-analysis of ovulatory cycle effects: Title: Do Women’s Mate Preferences Change Across the Ovulatory Cycle? A Meta-Analytic Review Authors: Gildersleeve, K; Haselton, MG; Fales, MR Source: PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN , 140 (5):1205-1259; SEP 2014 Abstract: Scientific interest in whether women experience changes across […] The post “In general I think these literatures have too much focus on data…

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Medicines under evaluation

March 15, 2015
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While browsing through the internet I ran into the medicines under evaluation page of the European Medicines Agency. There was a .pdf for each month and I thought it would be interesting to look if I could analyze those data. Each .pdf contains various...

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Thomas Hobbes vs. Leo Tolstoy; Rock advances

March 14, 2015
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First off, I just want to say I made a mistake yesterday dropping Alan Turing in favor of Ed Wood. As Zbicyclist put it, “Ed Wood’s best thoughts are probably on the screen.” And that’s not good at all! So, sorry for eliminating one of the exciting speakers from the list. I’m also thinking of […] The post Thomas Hobbes vs. Leo Tolstoy; Rock advances appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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π day special: How to use Bioconductor to find empirical evidence in support of π being a normal number

March 14, 2015
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π day special: How to use Bioconductor to find empirical evidence in support of π being a normal number

Editor's note: Today 3/14/15 at some point between  9:26:53 and 9:26:54 it was the most π day of them all. Below is a repost from last year.  Happy π day everybody! I wanted to write some simple code (included below) to the test parallelization capabilities of my  new cluster. So, in honor of  π day, I

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They don’t fit into their categories

March 14, 2015
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I was reading the newspaper today and came across an article entitled, “Black Holes Inch Ahead to Violent Cosmic Union.” No big deal, except that it was in the National section. Not the International. This reminded me of other examples where items didn’t fit into their categories, for example when Slate magazine published an article, […] The post They don’t fit into their categories appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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A Compendium of Clean Graphs in R

March 14, 2015
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[This is a guest post by Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Quentin Gronau introducing the RGraphCompendium. Click here to see the full compendium!] Every data analyst knows that a good graph is worth a thousand words, and perhaps a hundred tables. But how shoul...

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Simone de Beauvoir (2) vs. Chris Rock (3); Wood advances

March 13, 2015
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Simone de Beauvoir (2) vs. Chris Rock (3); Wood advances

You guys keep making it tough for me! Yesterday I was strongly rooting for Turing—really, I have no interest in seeing Ed Wood speak at all, and if he ever makes into the finals against John Waters he’ll just get destroyed—but Anonymous wins the thread with the very first comment: I vote against Turing — […] The post Simone de Beauvoir (2) vs. Chris Rock (3); Wood advances appeared first…

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De-weaponizing reproducibility

March 13, 2015
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A couple of weeks ago Roger and I went to a conference on statistical reproducibility held at the National Academy of Sciences. The discussion was pretty wide ranging and I love that the thinking about reproducibility is coming back to statistics. There was pretty widespread support for the idea that prevention is the right way to approach

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Using y.bar to predict y: What’s that all about??

March 13, 2015
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Toon Kuppens writes: After a discussion on a multilevel modeling mailing list, I came across this one-year-old blog post written by you. You might be interested to know that in social psychology, taking the aggregate outcome variable to predict the outcome variable has been used as a test of ‘convergence’, the phenomenon that people’s responses […] The post Using y.bar to predict y: What’s that all about?? appeared first on…

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Open Data – Stack Exchange

March 13, 2015
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Open Data – Stack Exchange

As a fan of Stack Exchange I am very excited about the new exchange being made available. This exchange is called 'Open Data' and allows users to post questions on where to find publicly available data on a topic and other users will respond with one o...

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Observing Rosling’s Current Visual Style

March 12, 2015
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Observing Rosling’s Current Visual Style

On the sister blog, I wrote about Hans Rosling’s recent presentation in New York (link). I noted that Rosling has apparently simplified his visual palette. Rosling is best known as the developer of the Gapminder tool, used to visualize global...

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Analyzing the first 10 million digits of pi: Randomness within structure

March 12, 2015
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Analyzing the first 10 million digits of pi: Randomness within structure

Saturday, March 14, 2015, is Pi Day, and this year is a super-special Pi Day! This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate the first 10 digits of pi (π) by doing something special on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53. Apologies to my European friends, but Pi Day requires that you represent dates […] The post Analyzing the first 10 million digits of pi: Randomness within structure appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Ed Wood (3) vs. Alan Turing (2); Levi-Strauss advances

March 12, 2015
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I was going to call yesterday‘s match for Leonardo, based on Tom’s comment: I’ve been wondering how often a weak player / team gets to a final because they mostly come across weaker opposition and get a bit of luck. I think that Leonardo is the type of guy who could invent a remarkable device […] The post Ed Wood (3) vs. Alan Turing (2); Levi-Strauss advances appeared first on…

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Stock-and-flow and other concepts that are important in statistical modeling but typically don’t get taught to statisticians

March 12, 2015
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Bill Harris writes: You’ve written about causality somewhat often, and you, along with perhaps everyone who has done anything with statistics, have written that “correlation is not causation.” When you say that correlation is not causation, you seem to be pointing out cases where correlation exists but causality does not. While that’s important, there’s another […] The post Stock-and-flow and other concepts that are important in statistical modeling but typically…

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All She Wrote (so far): Error Statistics Philosophy: 3.5 years on

March 12, 2015
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All She Wrote (so far): Error Statistics Philosophy: 3.5 years on

  Error Statistics Philosophy: Blog Contents (3.5 years) By: D. G. Mayo [i] September 2011 (9/3) Frequentists in Exile: The Purpose of this Blog (9/3) Overheard at the comedy hour at the Bayesian retreat (9/4) Drilling Rule #1 (9/9) Kuru (9/13) In Exile, Clinging to Old Ideas? (9/15) SF conferences & E. Lehmann (9/16) Getting It Right But for the Wrong Reason (9/20) A Highly Anomalous Event […]

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I barely graduated college, and that’s okay

March 12, 2015
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I barely graduated college, and that’s okay

I didn’t do very well in high school. My grade point average was around a 2.5 out of 4. I did well in some subjects that I was interested in, like math, computer science, and history, but everything else was a wash. The less homework a class requi...

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Common reasons for rejection

March 12, 2015
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Common reasons for rejection

Every week I reject some papers submitted to the International Journal of Forecasting, without sending the papers off to associate editors or reviewers. Here are five of the most common reasons for rejection. 1. Wrong Journal Submissions to the IJF should be about forecasting, obviously. But we often get papers on econometrics, or time series […]

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Edmond Malinvaud (1923-2015)

March 12, 2015
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Edmond Malinvaud (1923-2015)

By now, many of you will be aware that the highly influential French economist, Edmond Malinvaud, passed away on 7 March at the age of 91.This is a huge loss for the profession.Malinvaud made many seminal contributions to microeconomics, macroeconomics...

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The Win-Vector R data science value pack

March 11, 2015
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The Win-Vector R data science value pack

Win-Vector LLC is proud to announce the R data science value pack. 50% off our video course Introduction to Data Science (available at Udemy) and 30% off Practical Data Science with R (from Manning). Pick any combination of video, e-book, and/or print-book you want. Instructions below. Please share and Tweet! For 50% off the video … Continue reading The Win-Vector R data science value pack → Related posts: How does…

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