To students of statistics Most of my posts are directed at teachers and how to teach statistics. The blog this week and next is devoted to students. I present principles that will help you to learn statistics. I’m turning them … Continue reading →

Irene (who, among other things, is one of the co-apps in the RDD project $-$ in fact, she'll be a fundamental part of the research!) sent me a couple of job adverts for research assistant positions that will shortly be available at UCL. She and the job...

Under the heading, “Bad graph candidate,” Kevin Wright points to this article [link fixed], writing: Some of the figures use the same line type for two different series. More egregious are the confidence intervals that are constant width instead of increasing in width into the future. Indeed. What’s even more embarrassing is that these graphs […]The post What we need here is some peer review for statistical graphics appeared first…

Yale economists Mark Rosenzweig and Chris Udry have a new paper, "Forecasting Profitability." It's related to a project of theirs that examines the Indian Meteorological Department's annual monsoon rainfall forecasts and their effec...

This morning, Benoit sent me an email, about an exercise he found in an econometric textbook, about linear regression. Consider the following dataset, Here, variable X denotes the income, and Y the expenses. The goal was to fit a linear regression (actually, in the email, it was mentioned that we should try to fit an heteroscedastic model, but let us skip this part). So Benoit’s question was more or less: how…

American University in Washington, D.C. has two full-time tenure-line positions available: An ideal candidate will have facility with computation, and can identify specific prospects for on-campus collaboration, possibly interdepartmental. We are particularly interested in candidates who can assist colleagues who need to deal with data sets that are too large, distributed, or heterogeneous to be […]The post Job openings at American University appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

Hi Statisfied readers, I am Nicolas Chopin, a Professor of Statistics at the ENSAE, and my colleagues and good friends that manage Statisfaction kindly agreed that I would join their blog. I work mostly on “Bayesian Computation”, i.e. Monte Carlo and non-Monte Carlo methods to compute Bayesian quantities; a strong focus of my research is […]

The New York City mayoral Democratic primary election is taking place this coming Tuesday (Sep. 10th) and there are several candidates in the running. Bill de Blasio is the front runner and is expected to win. However, there is a catch. Even if he takes the plurality of the vote he may not actually win. […]

Speaking of Tom Sargent, check out his latest at http://www.quant-econ.net/. (Thanks to Frank DiTragila for forwarding a few days ago.) Python features prominently...

In a post about “rich whiners,” Matthew Yglesias argues that what richies really want is respect. Yglesias writes: I think rich businessmen would be happier if we could go back to 1950s-style, more egalitarian distribution of pre-tax income. The richest people around would still be the richest people around, and as the richest people around […]The post Would today’s captains of industry be happier in a 1950s-style world? appeared first…

I'm so bored with the endless Larry and Janet show. Finally some real wisdom, from John Cochrane. Tom Sargent has my vote!

Stephen Senn Head, Methodology and Statistics Group, Competence Center for Methodology and Statistics (CCMS), Luxembourg “Open Season” The recent joint statement(1) by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations(EFPIA) represents a further step in what has been a slow journey towards (one assumes) will be […]

Eoin Lawless wrote me: I’ve been reading your blog (and John Kruschke‘s) for several months now, as a result of starting to learn Bayesian methods from Doing Bayesian Data Analysis [I love the title of that book! --- ed.]. More recently I completed a Coursera course on Data Science. I found learning through the medium […]The post A locally organized online BDA course on G+ hangout? appeared first on Statistical…

Note: This is part 1 of a three-part response to an important article that appeared in the New York Times this month. Doping in elite sports has become a taboo topic in sports circles as no one wants to kill the golden egg. This article will prove to be an important reference. *** Tim Rohan's article is a must-read for anyone who cares about the sanctity of sports (link). I…

Last week I presented two talks at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, which has established a new Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analysis Using SAS. While in Milwaukee, I ran into an old friend: the ODS LISTING destination. One of my presentations was a hands-on workshop titled Getting Started [...]