Posts Tagged ‘ Literature ’

The Westlake Review

August 14, 2017
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I came across this site one day: The Westlake Review is a blog dedicated to doing a detailed review and analysis of every novel Donald Westlake published under his own name, as well as under a variety of pseudonyms. These reviews will reveal major plot elements, though they will not be full synopses. People who […] The post The Westlake Review appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Irwin Shaw, John Updike, and Donald Trump

August 8, 2017
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So. I read more by and about Irwin Shaw. I read Shaw’s end-of-career collection of short stories and his most successful novel, The Young Lions, and also the excellent biography by Michael Shnayerson. I also read Adam Begley’s recent biography of John Updike, which was also very good, and it made be sad that probably […] The post Irwin Shaw, John Updike, and Donald Trump appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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An improved ending for The Martian

July 28, 2017
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In this post from a couple years ago I discussed the unsatisfying end of The Martian. At the time, I wrote: The ending is not terrible—at a technical level it’s somewhat satisfying (I’m not enough of a physicist to say more than that), but at the level of construction of a story arc, it didn’t […] The post An improved ending for The Martian appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Classical statisticians as Unitarians

July 13, 2017
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Classical statisticians as Unitarians

[cat picture] Christian Robert, Judith Rousseau, and I wrote: Several of the examples in [the book under review] represent solutions to problems that seem to us to be artificial or conventional tasks with no clear analogy to applied work. “They are artificial and are expressed in terms of a survey of 100 individuals expressing support […] The post Classical statisticians as Unitarians appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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From Whoops to Sorry: Columbia University history prof relives 1968

July 5, 2017
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From Whoops to Sorry:  Columbia University history prof relives 1968

I haven’t had much contact with the history department here at Columbia. A bunch of years ago I co-taught a course with Herb Klein and some others, and the material from that class went into my book co-edited with Jeronimo Cortina, A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences. More recently, I’ve had some conversations with […] The post From Whoops to Sorry: Columbia University history prof relives 1968 appeared first…

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A quote from William James that could’ve come from Robert Benchley or S. J. Perelman or Dorothy Parker

June 4, 2017
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Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s a William James quote that could’ve been plucked right off the Algonquin Round Table: Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver. The post A quote from William James that could’ve ...

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A collection of quotes from William James that all could’ve come from . . . Bill James!

June 3, 2017
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From a few years ago, some quotes from the classic psychologist that fit within the worldview of the classic sabermetrician: Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. A great many people think they are thinking […] The post A collection of quotes from William James that all could’ve come from…

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Design top down, Code bottom up

May 22, 2017
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Top-down design means designing from the client application programmer interface (API) down to the code. The API lays out a precise functional specification, which says what the code will do, not how it will do it. Coding bottom up means coding the lowest-level foundations first, testing them, then continuing to build. Sometimes this requires dropping […] The post Design top down, Code bottom up appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Reality meets the DeLilloverse

May 11, 2017
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From 2009: “They thought ASU’s brand was too strong to compete with. Incarnate Word is now part of the Communiversity @ Surprise, a newly opened one-stop learning center for higher education in the northwest Valley.” I guess my statistics textbooks probably read like parodies of statistics textbooks, so from that perspective it makes sense that […] The post Reality meets the DeLilloverse appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Journals for insignificant results

April 21, 2017
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Tom Daula writes: I know you’re not a fan of hypothesis testing, but the journals in this blog post are an interesting approach to the file drawer problem. I’ve never heard of them or their like. An alternative take (given academia standard practice) is “Journal for XYZ Discipline papers that p-hacking and forking paths could […] The post Journals for insignificant results appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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