Deconstructing the map of beers

October 16, 2013
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Deconstructing the map of beers

B usiness Insider links to this blog with a chart depicting the top beer brands by state. I like the quilt-like appearance brought on by using the packaging of different brands. The nine glowing yellow islands sitting in the Atlantic...

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Test run for G+ hangout for my Bayesian Data Analysis class

October 16, 2013
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As announced earlier, I’ll be putting my Bayesian Data Analysis course on a G+ hangout. It meets each Friday 8h30 Paris time, starting 18 Oct. Just to try things out, I’ll do a mini-hangout tomorrow (Thurs) 8h30. What I’ll do is set up the hangout, then post the url in a new blog post. I’ll […]The post Test run for G+ hangout for my Bayesian Data Analysis class appeared first…

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Network Estimation for Time Series

October 16, 2013
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Matteo Barigozzi and Christian Brownlees have a fascinating new paper, "Network Estimation for Time Series" that connects the econometric time series literature and the statistical graphical modeling (network) literature. It's not only useful, but...

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A first step towards R from spreadsheets

October 16, 2013
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A first step towards R from spreadsheets

Move your data analysis to a computing environment specifically designed for it. Why R and not spreadsheets? Here are three reasons: complexity graphics money Spreadsheets are easily overwhelmed.  Very complex things can be done in spreadsheets — it is just that complex spreadsheets are inefficient and dangerous. Graphics should be considered vital when doing anything with […] The post A first step towards R from spreadsheets appeared first on Burns Statistics.

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OGD: Oil, Gold, Democracy ?!

October 16, 2013
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OGD: Oil, Gold, Democracy ?!

Open Government Data (OGD) are seen by many people as the new gold of the digital age. So Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of …Continue reading →

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Claiming diversity? Compare with the population!

October 16, 2013
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Claiming diversity? Compare with the population!

On Kaiser Fung's Junk Charts blog, he showed a bar chart that was "published by Teach for America, touting its diversity." Kaiser objected to the chart because the bar lengths did not accurately depict the proportions of the Teach for America corps members. The chart bothers me for another reason: [...]

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Claiming diversity? Compare with the population!

October 16, 2013
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Claiming diversity? Compare with the population!

On Kaiser Fung's Junk Charts blog, he showed a bar chart that was "published by Teach for America, touting its diversity." Kaiser objected to the chart because the bar lengths did not accurately depict the proportions of the Teach for America corps members. The chart bothers me for another reason: [...]

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My talk 19h this evening

October 16, 2013
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Modélisation hiérarchique, pooling partiel et l’interrogation de bases de données virtuelles P.S. Here are the slides. I only got through a few of them. I have to remember that when I speak in another language, I go much slower. The post My ...

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The Terminator, Statistics, Fair Use and Hedge Funds

October 15, 2013
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The Terminator, Statistics, Fair Use and Hedge Funds

I am visiting the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington today and am enjoying their warm hospitality (thanks Emily!). I have a little breathing room now so I thought I would write a quick blog post. Earlier this year, I posted my contribution to the collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Committee […]

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The Terminator, Statistics, Fair Use and Hedge Funds

October 15, 2013
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The Terminator, Statistics, Fair Use and Hedge Funds

I am visiting the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington today and am enjoying their warm hospitality (thanks Emily!). I have a little breathing room now so I thought I would write a quick blog post. Earlier this year, I posted my contribution to the collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Committee […]

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Election night(s)

October 15, 2013
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Election night(s)

The 2013 ISBA elections are finally underway! From today (and until November 15th) members will be able to cast their vote for several posts, by simply visiting this webpage.As I mentioned here, this time around I am one of the candidate...

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Road trip

October 15, 2013
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Today I had a meeting for one of the projects in which I'm involved. This is a big research grant (in which I have a marginal role, to be honest), with the aim of evaluating some occupational therapy for people with dementia and their carers. Noth...

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Open Data Literacy

October 15, 2013
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Open Data Literacy

Governments opening data is one step, the public making use of these data is the other one. And not a …Continue reading »

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Messing with d3

October 15, 2013
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I recently began messing around with d3.js, which is a Javascript library that makes it possible to create lovely visualizations based on data. In fact, D3 stands for Data Driven Documents. More likely than not, many of the cool graphics and interacti...

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Platforms and Integration in Statistical Research (Part 1/2)

October 15, 2013
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In the technology world today, one of the common topics of interest is the so-called "war" between Apple and Google (or Android). This war is ostensibly over dominance of the mobile phone industry, where Apple sells the most popular phone … Continue reading →

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Teaching least squares to a 5th grader by calibrating a programmable robot

October 15, 2013
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The Lego Mindstorm kit provides software and hardware to create programmable robots. A very simple first task is figuring out how to make the robot move any given distance. You get to program the number of wheel rotations. The video … Continue reading →

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Last word on Mister P (for now)

October 15, 2013
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To recap: Matt Buttice and Ben Highton recently published an article where they evaluated multilevel regression and poststratification (MRP) on a bunch of political examples estimating state-level attitudes. My Columbia colleagues Jeff Lax, Justin Phillips, and Yair Ghitza added some discussion, giving a bunch of practical tips and pointing to some problems with Buttice and […]The post Last word on Mister P (for now) appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Numbersense Pros: Interview with Larry Cahoon Part 1

October 15, 2013
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Numbersense Pros: Interview with Larry Cahoon Part 1

A short while ago, I introduced Larry Cahoon's blog, GoodStatsBadStats. He started the blog almost two years ago after retiring from the US Census Bureau (site offline due to government shutdown), where he spent 29 years working on the statistical design of most of the household surveys conducted by the Bureau. Cahoon received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Cahoon spent the final seven years of his career working on…

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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 18 Oktober 2013

October 15, 2013
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 18 Oktober 2013

Quick reminder: The next Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 18 October 2013. We will discuss and hear about the apply family of functions and the XLConnect package. Further details and the agenda are available on our KölnRUG Me...

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R: Mapping Typhoon Labuyo (Utor) Track

October 15, 2013
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R: Mapping Typhoon Labuyo (Utor) Track

Inspired by James Cheshire R maps, I tried mapping the track of Typhoon Labuyo (Utor) that by far the strongest one to hit Philippines this year. The data is available at Japan Meteorological Agency site, the 2013 - RSMC Best Track data. The code is av...

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Beta Distribution and the NJ U.S. Senate Election

October 14, 2013
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Beta Distribution and the NJ U.S. Senate Election

The beta distribution is highly flexible distribution and applies to many situations and environments. The beta distribution applies well when there are percentages. The upcoming New Jersey U.S. Senate election on Wednesday fits that criterion quite well. So here I applied the beta distribution to some pre-election polls where the numbers were obtained through the […]

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A general audience friendly explanation for why Lars Peter Hansen won the Nobel Prize

October 14, 2013
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A general audience friendly explanation for why Lars Peter Hansen won the Nobel Prize

Lars Peter Hansen won the Nobel Prize in economics for creating the generalized method of moments. A rather technical explanation of the idea appears on Wikipedia. These are a good set of lecture notes on gmms if you like math. I … Continue reading →

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More on Mister P and how it does what it does

October 14, 2013
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More on Mister P and how it does what it does

Following up on our discussion the other day, Matt Buttice and Ben Highton write: It was nice to see our article mentioned and discussed by Andrew, Jeff Lax, Justin Phillips, and Yair Ghitza on Andrew’s blog in this post on Wednesday. As noted in the post, we recently published an article in Political Analysis on […]The post More on Mister P and how it does what it does appeared first…

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