To quote Willy Wonka, “A little magic now and then is relished by the best of men [and women].” Any frequent reader of this blog will know that I am of a pragmatic nature when it comes to using statistics. … Continue reading →

It delights me that several of my statistics videos have been viewed over half a million times each. As well there is a stream of lovely comments (with the odd weird one) from happy viewers, who have found in the … Continue reading →

Arnab Chakraborty kindly came to my new talk show, “The Central Equilibrium”, to talk about Bayes’ theorem. He introduced the concept of conditional probability, stated Bayes’ theorem in its simple and general forms, and showe...

It was a great pleasure to talk to Christopher Salahub about Markov chains in the second episode of my new talk show, The Central Equilibrium! Chris graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in statistics. He just finished an internship in data development at Environics Analytics, and he is starting […]

Introduction This weekend I’ve been preparing some material for my upcoming Scala for statistical computing short course. As part of the course, I thought it would be useful to walk through how to think about and structure MCMC codes, and in particular, how to think about MCMC algorithms as infinite streams of state. This material … Continue reading MCMC as a Stream

I’ve had this book on pre-order since spring and it finally arrived on Friday. I subsequently devoured it over the weekend. The book lays out a clear and compelling case for how data-driven algorithms can become — in contrast to their promise of amoral objectivism — efficient means for reproducing and even exacerbating social inequalities […]

Another great turnout at the DataPhilly meetup last night. Was great to see all you random data nerds! Code snippets to generate animated examples here.