Monthly Archives: September 2011

Battling Bad Science

Here is a pretty awesome TED talk by epidemiologist Ben Goldacre where he highlights how science can be used to deceive/mislead. It’s sort of like epidemiology 101 in 15 minutes.  This seems like a highly topical talk. Over on his … Continue reading

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Why does Obama need statisticians?

It’s worth following up a little on why the Obama campaign is recruiting statisticians (note to Karen: I am not looking for a new job!). Here’s the blurb for the position of “Statistical Modeling Analyst”: The Obama for America Analytics … Continue reading

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Kindle Fire and Machine Learning

Amazon released it’s new iPad competitor, the Kindle Fire, today. A quick read through the description shows it has some interesting features, including a custom-built web browser called Silk. One innovation that they claim is that the browser works in … Continue reading

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Once in a lifetime collapse

Baseball Prospectus uses Monte Carlo simulation to predict which teams will make the postseason. According to this page, on Sept 1st, the probability of the Red Sox making the playoffs was 99.5%. They were ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays by … Continue reading

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Obama recruiting analysts who know R

Obama recruiting analysts who know R

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The Open Data Movement

I’m not sure which of the categories this infographic on open data falls into, but I find it pretty exciting anyway. It shows the rise of APIs and how data are increasingly open. It seems like APIs are all over the … Continue reading

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The future of graduate education

Stanford is offering a free online course and more than 100,000 students have registered. This got the blogosphere talking about the future of universities. Matt Yglesias thinks that “colleges are the next newspaper and are destined for some very uncomfortable adjustments”. Tyler Cowen reminded … Continue reading

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The p>0.05 journal

I want to start a journal called “P>0.05”. This journal will publish all the negative results in science. These would also be stored in a database. Think of all the great things we could do with this. We could, for … Continue reading

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Some cool papers

A cool article on the regulator’s dilemma. It turns out what is the best risk profile to prevent one bank from failing is not the best risk profile to prevent all banks from failing.  Persistence of web resources for computational … Continue reading

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"Unoriginal genius"

“The world is full of texts, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more” This quote is from an article in the Chronicle Review. I highly recommend reading the article, particularly check out the section on the … Continue reading

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