Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

The imprecision of data, subway edition

July 19, 2017
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The imprecision of data, subway edition

Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, draws practical lessons from a CUNY advertisement in the subway train

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Mathematics and statistics lessons about elections

July 13, 2017
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Mathematics and statistics lessons about elections

Study elections in mathematics because it is important Too often mathematics is seen as pure and apolitical.  Maths teachers may keep away from concepts that seem messy and without right and wrong answers. However, teachers of mathematics and statistics have … Continue reading →

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An email from LinkedIn

July 5, 2017
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An email from LinkedIn

Last week, I got served a dose of predictive analytics. I got an email solicitation from LinkedIn, presenting a list of jobs that they think I might be interested in. This email is algorithmically generated, and LinkedIn tells me that I received it because I clicked on a job posting for a senior data analyst position at Ogilvy & Mather, a top advertising agency based in Manhattan. Yes, I did…

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Stan Weekly Roundup, 30 June 2017

June 30, 2017
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Stan Weekly Roundup, 30 June 2017

Here’s some things that have been going on with Stan since the last week’s roundup Stan® and the logo were granted a U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,222,891 and a U.S. Serial Number: 87,237,369, respectively. Hard to feel special when there were millions of products ahead of you. Trademarked names are case insensitive and they required […] The post Stan Weekly Roundup, 30 June 2017 appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Why are there so many open positions in analytics?

June 28, 2017
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Why are there so many open positions in analytics?

Last week, I gave an information session on the next-gen data analytics bootcamp called Principal Analytics Prep that we just launched. A recap of the session is available here as a podcast. To prepare for the session, I did a job search on Linkedin, and found over 80,000 open positions in the U.S. matching the word "analytics". Of these, about 3,500 positions are junior or entry-level positions in the greater…

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Data bite back: a Harvard lesson

June 7, 2017
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New York Times reports that Harvard rescinded admission offers to 10 students (link). These kids allegedly engaged in horrible behavior on "private" chatrooms online. Not reported is how Harvard admission officers got a hold of such information. Is it possible there are jealous classmates? I am not condoning the bad behavior - I put this link up to remind people: (a) no data are private, not even "deleted" data (b)…

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Announcing a new venture

June 1, 2017
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Announcing a new venture

Kaiser Fung introduces Principal Analytics Prep

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Sorting out what’s meaningful and what’s not

April 24, 2017
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Sorting out what’s meaningful and what’s not

A few weeks ago, the New York Times Upshot team published a set of charts exploring the relationship between school quality, home prices and commute times in different regions of the country. The following is the chart for the New...

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Dispute over analysis of school quality and home prices shows social science is hard

April 24, 2017
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Dispute over analysis of school quality and home prices shows social science is hard

Most of my friends with families fret over school quality when deciding where to buy their homes. It's well known that good school districts are also associated with expensive houses. A feedback cycle is at work here: home prices surge where there are good schools; only richer people can afford to buy such homes; wealth brings other advantages, and so the schools tend to have better students, which leads to…

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The get-rich-quick scheme of the English

March 31, 2017
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The get-rich-quick scheme of the English

The World Economic Forum published this chart: The "EF EPI Score" is a measure of English proficiency. So the evidence is clear as day: "Better English and Income Go Hand in Hand," as their headline blares. Last time I was in the New York subway, the panhandler spoke good English. What's a blogger to do? I pulled out the EPI scores from the EPI report, and downloaded the Gross National…

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