I wasn't really a great fan of the show when I was growing up, and I also think (hope!) that the picture is not fitting to what I'm about to say...But when I was at BayesPharma earlier this year, Miguel Negrín has kindly invited me to v...

Thanks to Rikky Vohra for bringing still more to my attention. Absolutely classic!

While at the Joint Statistical Meeting a few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about various aspects to clinical trials. He indicated that no current R package was able to perfectly reproduce Passing-Bablok (PB) regression so that it exactly matched SAS. He ultimately wrote a couple of functions and kindly shared them with […]

As I wrote a couple years ago: Even though statistical analysis has demonstrated that presidential elections are predictable given economic conditions and previous votes in the states . . . it certainly doesn’t mean that every election can be accurately predicted ahead of time. Presidential general election campaigns have several distinct features that distinguish them […]The post “Il y a beaucoup de candidats démocrates, et leurs idéologies ne sont pas…

Last week I attended a workshop on how to run highly parallel distributed jobs on the Open Science Grid (osg). There I met Derek Weitzel who has made an excellent contribution to advancing R as a high performance computing language by developing BoscoR. BoscoR greatly facilitates the use of the already existing package “GridR” by […] The post Easy 3-Minute Guide to Making apply() Parallel over Distributed Grids and Clusters…

There has been a lot of discussion of the importance of open access on Twitter. I am 100% in favor of open access (I do wish it was less expensive), but I also think that sometimes people lose sight of … Continue reading →

Introduction In the previous post I gave a very brief introduction to ABC, including a simple example for inferring the parameters of a Markov process given some time series observations. Towards the end of the post I observed that there were (at least!) two potential problems with scaling up the simple approach described, one relating […]

In an ideal world, research articles would be open to criticism and discussion in the same place where they are published, in a sort of non-corrupt version of Yelp. What is happening now is that the occasional paper or research area gets lots of press coverage, and this inspires reactions on science-focused blogs. The trouble […]The post Post-publication peer review: How it (sometimes) really works appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

Time for a provocative post. There is a nice YouTube video with Tony O’Hagan interviewing Dennis Lindley. Of course, Dennis is a legend and his impact on the field of statistics is huge. At one point, Tony points out that some people liken Bayesian inference to a religion. Dennis claims this is false. Bayesian inference, […]

Continuing my exploration of mixed models, I now understand what is happening in the second SAS(R)/STAT example for proc mixed (page 5007 of the SAS/STAT 12.3 Manual). It is all about correlation between the time-points within subjects. The data as suc...

It’s nearly two years since I began this blog, and some are wondering if I’ve covered all the howlers thrust our way? Sadly, no. So since it’s Saturday night here at the Elba Room, let’s listen in on one of the more puzzling fallacies–one that I let my introductory logic students spot… “Did you hear […]

The Current Account Balance is a measure of a country’s “profitability”. It is the sum of profits (losses) made from trading with other countries, profits (losses) made from investments in other countries, and cash transfers, such as remittances from expatriates. As the infographic shows, there isn’t much middle ground when it comes to a current […]

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