Posts Tagged ‘ art ’

I’m with Errol: On flypaper, photography, science, and storytelling

January 3, 2018
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[image of a cat going after an insect] I’ve been reading this amazing book, Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, by Errol Morris, who, like John Waters, is a pathbreaking filmmaker who is also an excellent writer. I recommend this book, but what I want to talk about here is one particular […] The post I’m with Errol: On flypaper, photography, science, and storytelling appeared first on…

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Scammed by spammers

December 30, 2017
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I received an unsolicited email awhile ago claiming to come from some company, but I went back to it and looked more carefully and realized the links were all to some SEO scam. I’d unfairly criticized this company for spamming me, and it was rally some third party spammer that had been spoofing that company. […] The post Scammed by spammers appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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“There was this prevalent, incestuous, backslapping research culture. The idea that their work should be criticized at all was anathema to them. Let alone that some punk should do it.”

December 6, 2017
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[image of a cat reading a comic book] How did the outsiders upend social psychology? CATRON: We used basic reporting techniques. We’d call up somebody and ask them about thus-and-so, and they’d mention so-and-so, so we’d call so-and-so, and ask about thus-and-so. I’d say, “OK, you’re saying this but the first guy said this other […] The post “There was this prevalent, incestuous, backslapping research culture. The idea that their…

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Planet of the hominids? We wanna see this exposition.

November 6, 2017
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It would be interesting if someone were to make an exhibit for a museum showing the timeline of humans and hominids, and under that showing children’s toys and literature, showing how these guys were represented in popular media. It probably already exists, right? P.S. I feel kinda bad that this bumped Dan’s more important, statistically-related […] The post Planet of the hominids? We wanna see this exposition. appeared first on…

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The fractal zealots

August 1, 2017
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Paul Alper points to this news report by Ian Sample, which goes: Psychologists believe they can identify progressive changes in work of artists who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease The first subtle hints of cognitive decline may reveal themselves in an artist’s brush strokes many years before dementia is diagnosed, researchers believe. . . […] The post The fractal zealots appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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The art of contaminating data

June 5, 2017
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The art of contaminating data

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, looks at how art can contaminate data in a data visualization.

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Applying statistics in science will likely remain unreasonably difficult in my life time: but I have no intention of changing careers.

March 8, 2017
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Applying statistics in science will likely remain unreasonably difficult in my life time: but I have no intention of changing careers.

This post is by Keith.   (Image from deviantart.com) There are a couple posts I have been struggling to put together, one is on what science is or should be (drawing on Charles Peirce). The other is on why a posterior is not a posterior is not a posterior: even if mathematically equivalent – they are […] The post Applying statistics in science will likely remain unreasonably difficult in my life…

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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

February 23, 2017
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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

Chris P. sent in this link to a Wired feature on "infographics." The first entry is by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. These are fun images and I enjoy looking at it as hand-drawn art. But it's a stretch to...

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What’s powdery and comes out of a metallic-green cardboard can?

December 18, 2016
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What’s powdery and comes out of a metallic-green cardboard can?

This (by Jason Torchinsky, from Stay Free magazine, around 1998?) is just hilarious. We used to have both those shake-out-the-powder cans, Comet and that parmesan cheese, in our house when I was growing up. The post What’s powdery and comes out...

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I’m only adding new posts when they’re important . . . and this one’s really important.

November 23, 2016
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I’m only adding new posts when they’re important . . . and this one’s really important.

Durf Humphries writes: I’m a fact-checker and digital researcher in Atlanta. Your blog has been quite useful to me this week. Your statistics and explanations are impressive, but the decision to ornament your articles with such handsome cats? That’s divine genius and it’s apparent that these are not random cats, but carefully curated critters that […] The post I’m only adding new posts when they’re important . . . and…

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