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Science is a calling and a career, here is a career planning guide for students and postdocs

May 28, 2015
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Editor’s note: This post was inspired by a really awesome career planning guide that Ben Langmead wrote up for his postdocs which you should go check out right now. You can also find the slightly adapted Leek group career planning guide here. The most common reason that people go into science is altruistic. They loved

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Five reasons to use ODS EXCLUDE to suppress SAS output

May 28, 2015
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Five reasons to use ODS EXCLUDE to suppress SAS output

I previously wrote about the best way to suppress output from SAS procedures. Suppressing output is necessary in simulation and bootstrap analyses, and it is useful in other contexts as well. In my previous article, I wrote, "many programmers use ODS _ALL_ CLOSE as a way to suppress output, but […] The post Five reasons to use ODS EXCLUDE to suppress SAS output appeared first on The DO Loop.

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What is the best way to suppress ODS output in SAS?

May 26, 2015
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What is the best way to suppress ODS output in SAS?

SAS procedures can produce a lot of output, but you don't always want to see it all. In simulation and bootstrap studies, you might analyze 10,000 samples or resamples. Usually you are not interested in seeing the results of each analysis displayed on your computer screen. Instead, you want to […] The post What is the best way to suppress ODS output in SAS? appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Review of ‘Advanced R’ by Hadley Wickham

May 24, 2015
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Review of ‘Advanced R’ by Hadley Wickham

Executive summary Surprisingly good. And it’s not like my expectations were especially low. Structure There are 20 chapters.  I mostly like the chapters and their order. Hadley breaks the 20 chapters into 4 parts.  He’s wrong.  Figure 1 illustrates the correct way to formulate parts. Figure 1: Chapters and Parts of Advanced R.    Introductory R There […] The post Review of ‘Advanced R’ by Hadley Wickham appeared first on Burns Statistics.

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Is it species or is it batch? They are confounded, so we can’t know

May 20, 2015
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In a 2005 OMICS paper, an analysis of human and mouse gene expression microarray measurements from several tissues led the authors to conclude that "any tissue is more similar to any other human tissue examined than to its corresponding mouse tissue". Note that this was a rather surprising result given how similar tissues are between species.

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Direct me to the nuclear Bessels!

May 20, 2015
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Direct me to the nuclear Bessels!

When I was an undergraduate physic major, my favorite professor would start each class with a joke or pun. One day he began class with a paraphrase of a famous quote from the movie Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home (the one with the whales). "Today," my professor said, imitating […] The post Direct me to the nuclear Bessels! appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Residual expertise – or why scientists are amateurs at most of science

May 18, 2015
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Editor's note: I have been unsuccessfully attempting to finish a book I started 3 years ago about how and why everyone should get pumped about reading and understanding scientific papers. I've adapted part of one of the chapters into this blogpost. It is pretty raw but hopefully gets the idea across.  An episode of The Daily Show with

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Improving the NC vehicle inspection pie chart

May 18, 2015
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Improving the NC vehicle inspection pie chart

North Carolina is a state that requires yearly inspections of motor vehicles. An inspection checks for safety features (lights, brakes, tires,....) as well as checking vehicle emissions to ensure that vehicles meet air pollution standards. I recently had a car inspected and noticed a pie chart on the inspection's summary […] The post Improving the NC vehicle inspection pie chart appeared first on The DO Loop.

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Are you ready to go fishing in the data lake?

May 16, 2015
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Are you ready to go fishing in the data lake?

While Andrew is trying to get someone to make a t-shirt design “Gone fishing”, someone else thinks fishing is one of the “big data trends in 2015″. This advertisement by some company keeps re-appearing in my twitter feed. The p...

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New in forecast 6.0

May 15, 2015
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New in forecast 6.0

This week I uploaded a new version of the forecast package to CRAN. As there were a lot of changes, I decided to increase the version number to 6.0. The changes are all outlined in the ChangeLog file as usual. I will highlight some of the more important changes since v5.0 here. ETS One of […]

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