Monthly Archives: October 2011

Caffo's Theorem

Brian Caffo from the comments: Personal theorem: the application of statistics in any new field will be labeled “Technical sounding word” + ics. Examples: Sabermetrics, analytics, econometrics, neuroinformatics, bioinformatics, informatics, chemeometrics.  It’s like how adding mayonnaise to anything turns it … Continue reading

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Do we really need applied statistics journals?

All statisticians in academia are constantly confronted with the question of where to publish their papers. Sometimes it’s obvious: A theoretical paper might go to the Annals of Statistics or JASA Theory & Methods or Biometrika. A more “methods-y” paper might … Continue reading

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Spectacular Plots Made Entirely in R

When doing data analysis, I often create a set of plots quickly just to explore the data and see what the general trends are. Later I go back and fiddle with the plots to make them look pretty for publication. But … Continue reading

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Caffo + Ninjas = Awesome

Our colleague Brian Caffo and his team of statistics ninjas won the “Imaging-Based Diagnostic Classification Contest” as part of the ADHD 200 Global Competition. From the prize citation: The method developed by the team from Johns Hopkins University excelled in … Continue reading

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Colors in R

One of my favorite R packages that I use all the time is the RColorBrewer package. The package has been around for a while now and is written/maintained by Erich Neuwirth. The guts of the package are based on Cynthia … Continue reading

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Competing through data: Three experts offer their game plan

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Where would we be without Dennis Ritchie?

Most have probably seen this already since it happend a few days ago, but Dennis Ritchie died. It just blows my mind how influential his work was — developing the C language, Unix — and how so many pieces of technology … Continue reading

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Interview With Daniela Witten

Note: This is the first in a series of posts where we will be interviewing junior, up-and-coming statisticians/data scientists. Our goal is to build visibility for people who are at the early stages of their careers.  Daniela Witten Daniela is … Continue reading

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Moneyball for Academic Institutes

A way that universities grow in research fields for which they have no department is by creating institutes. Millions of dollars are invested to promote collaboration between existing faculty interested in the new field. But do they work? Does the … Continue reading

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Benford's law

Am I the only one who didn’t know about Benford’s law? It says that for many datasets, the probability that the first digit of a random element is d is given by P(d)= log_10 (1 + 1/d). This post by Jialan Wang explores financial … Continue reading

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