Posts Tagged ‘ Health ’

Capriciousness of little health benefits

May 15, 2018
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Capriciousness of little health benefits

Kaiser Fung, author of Numbersense and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, explains why he doesn't care about health benefits of most foods and activities reported and recommended by the media.

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They destroyed huge amounts of food again

April 18, 2018
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, questions whether massive food recalls are reasonable reactions to disease outbreaks.

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They destroyed huge amounts of food again

April 18, 2018
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, questions whether massive food recalls are reasonable reactions to disease outbreaks.

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Crash course in precision and uncertainty, in advance of that climate debate, free for Mr. Pruitt

July 13, 2017
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Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief, continues to make innumerate comments about his personal views on climate change science. His chief accusation - chanted often - is that we need more "precision". In his view, achieving 100% precision is necessary because it removes all uncertainty, allowing lawmakers to take action. This post is inspired by his latest interview in which he is encouraging a TV debate event to air out the…

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How to read survey results: chocolate milk edition

June 19, 2017
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Apparently, the Washington Post decided to assist the dairy industry in its latest advertising campaign by publishing a weird survey result, which claims that some adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. (link) Just start by thinking about the survey design. In order for people to express this opinion, the survey had to contain a choice of "brown cows." If they had done an open-ended survey, the result…

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What is Mr. Pruitt saying?

April 3, 2017
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In his latest provocation, the EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt, aborted an on-going process by his agency to ban a widely-used but potentially harmful pesticide known as chlorpyrifos (link to New York Times article). In my previous blog on his climate-change statement, I pointed out that people who attack data-driven conclusions for its "imprecision" will ignore any uncertainty if they want something to happen: However, when it comes to such decisions…

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This headline writer has the secret to everlasting life

January 17, 2017
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This headline writer has the secret to everlasting life

I'm busy preparing a long post that will show up later. In the meantime, I saw this on GrubStreet: Read the sub-header. Wouldn't it be nice to have only 87 percent chance of dying?

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ASA President meets OCCAM data

December 27, 2016
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Just leaving this quote from ASA President Jessica Utts here (Source: Amstat News Dec 2016): A few days ago, I was in Vietnam and took a four-hour bus ride from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi. When I arrived, my fitness tracker had given me credit for taking 9,124 steps and climbing 81 flights of stairs during those four hours, even though I only left my seat once during a short…

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The plural of anecdote is not …

October 12, 2016
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The plural of anecdote is not …

One of my favorite statistics-related wisecracks is: the plural of anecdote is not data. In today's world, the saying should really say: the plural of anecdote is not BIG DATA. In class this week, we discussed a recent Letter to the Editor of top journal, New England Journal of Medicine, featuring a short analysis of weight data coming from a digital scale that, you guessed it, makes users consent to…

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The plural of anecdote is not …

October 12, 2016
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The plural of anecdote is not …

One of my favorite statistics-related wisecracks is: the plural of anecdote is not data. In today's world, the saying should really say: the plural of anecdote is not BIG DATA. In class this week, we discussed a recent Letter to the Editor of top journal, New England Journal of Medicine, featuring a short analysis of weight data coming from a digital scale that, you guessed it, makes users consent to…

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