Reader Robbi B. submitted the following chart posted to Twitter by Branko Milanovic: The chart took a little time to figure out. This isn't a bad chart. Robbi wondered if there are alternative ways to plot this information. The U.S....

We didn’t get any great comments yesterday, so I’ll have to go with PKD on the grounds that he was the presumptive favorite, and nobody made any good case otherwise. And today we have the second seed among the Religious Leaders vs. an unseeded entry in the Founders of Religions category. Truly a classic matchup. […] The post Martin Luther King (2) vs. Sigmund Freud appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

The talk is tomorrow, Tues 24 Feb, 2:40-4:00pm in 200 Fisher Hall: “Unbiasedness”: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Andrew Gelman, Department of Statistics and Department of Political Science, Columbia University Minimizing bias is the traditional first goal of econometrics. In many cases, though, the […] The post “Unbiasedness”: You keep using that word. I do not think it means…

Mon: “Unbiasedness”: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. [My talk tomorrow in the Princeton economics department] Martin Luther King (2) vs. Sigmund Freud Tues: “A small but growing collection of studies suggest X” . . . huh? Aristotle (3) vs. Stewart Lee Wed: The axes […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

SAS procedures usually handle missing values automatically. Univariate procedures such as PROC MEANS automatically delete missing values when computing basic descriptive statistics. Many multivariate procedures such as PROC REG delete an entire observation if any variable in the analysis has a missing value. This is called listwise deletion or using […]

I’m currently attending the one day workshop on this topic at QUT in Brisbane. This morning I spoke on “Visualizing and forecasting big time series data”. My slides are here. The talks are being streamed. OVERVIEW Big data is now endemic in business, industry, government, environmental management, medical science, social research and so on. One […]

For yesterday, I was gonna go with Vincent, based on X’s comment: In addition to his unique painting style and very special life, van Gogh was highly literate, as shown through the 844 letters from him that are available today. X also made a missing-body-part joke, which I generally don’t think is so cool but, […] The post Philip K. Dick (2) vs. Jean Baudrillard appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

Fernando Martel Garcia points me to this news article by Ben Goldacre: For anyone with medical training, mainstream media coverage of science can be an uncomfortable read. It is common to find correlational findings misrepresented as denoting causation, for example, or findings in animal studies confidently exaggerated to make claims about treatment for humans. But […] The post “Academics should be made accountable for exaggerations in press releases about their…

This headliner appeared before, but to a sparse audience, so Management’s giving him another chance… His joke relates to both Senn’s post (about alternatives), and to my recent post about using (1 – β)/α as a likelihood ratio--but for very different reasons. (I’ve explained at the bottom of this “(b) draft”.) ….If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s […]

In yesterday‘s battle of the religions, the strongest argument against Mother Teresa was given by Paul, who related that she was friends with all sorts of nasty politicians and that she’s been accused of spending money that came from questionable sources. But if that’s all you can say about her, it won’t cut much ice […] The post Vincent van Gogh (3) vs. Grandma Moses appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

Ben O’Neill writes: I am a fellow Bayesian statistician at the University of New South Wales (Australia). I have enjoyed reading your various books and articles, and enjoyed reading your recent article on The Perceived Absurdity of Bayesian Inference. However, I disagree with your assertion that the “doomsday argument” is non-Bayesian; I think if you read […] The post Bayes and doomsday appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

Deep Learning Master Class Advances in Variational Inference Numerical Optimization: Understanding L-BFGS An exact mapping between the Variational Renormalization Group and Deep Learning New ASA Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs 奇异值分解（We Recommend a Singular Value Decomposition） 如何简单形象又有趣地讲解神经网络是什么？ Academic vs. Industry Careers Hadley Wickham: Impact the world by being useful Statisticians in World War II: […]

Thanks to the Excel stylings of Paul Davidson: Our competition is (approximately) 1/4 done! And I’ve been thinking about possible categories for next year’s tourney: New Jersey politicians Articulate athletes Plagiarists People named Greg or Gregg Vladimir Nabokov and people connected to him . . . Ummm, we need 3 more categories. Any suggestions? Real […] The post The bracket so far appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

For yesterday, I’ll have to go with Gandhi, the original badass of nonviolence. Zbicyclist found this quote, “He propagated that . . . we should take only that which is required, in minimum quantity. We should not eat to appease our taste buds,” which implies that Gandhi shouldn’t pick the caterer—but that’s not an issue, […] The post Mother Teresa (4) vs. Sun Myung Moon appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

John Carlin, who’s collaborated on some of my recent work on Type S and Type M errors, prepared this presentation for a clinical audience. It might be of interest to some of you. The ideas and some of the examples should be familiar to regular readers of this blog, but it could be useful to […] The post Statistical Significance – Significant Problem? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

As part of the week of recognizing R.A.Fisher (February 17, 1890 – July 29, 1962), I reblog Senn from 3 years ago. ‘Fisher’s alternative to the alternative’ By: Stephen Senn [2012 marked] the 50th anniversary of RA Fisher’s death. It is a good excuse, I think, to draw attention to an aspect of his philosophy of […]