Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grad students in (bio)statistics - do a postdoc!

Up until about 20 years ago, postdocs were scarce in Statistics. In contrast, during the same time period, it was rare for a Biology PhD to go straight into a tenure track position. Driven mostly by the availability of research … Continue reading

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An R function to map your Twitter Followers

I wrote a little function to make a personalized map of who follows you or who you follow on Twitter. The idea for this function was inspired by some plots I discussed in a previous post. I also found a … Continue reading

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On Hard and Soft Money

As the academic job hunting season goes into effect many will be applying to a variety of different types of departments. In statistics, there is a pretty big separation between statistics departments, which tend to be in arts & sciences … Continue reading

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In Greece, a statistician faces life in prison for doing his job: calculating and reporting a statistic

In a recent post I described the importance of government statisticians. Well, apparently in Greece it is a dangerous job, as Andreas Georgiou, the person in charge of the Greek statistics office, found out. So far, though, his efforts have been met with … Continue reading

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Interview with Nathan Yau of FlowingData

Nathan Yau Nathan Yau is a graduate student in statistics at UCLA and the author of the extremely popular data visualization blog flowingdata.com. He recently published a book Visualize This - a really nice guide to modern data visualization using R, Illustrator … Continue reading

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Dear editors/associate editors/referees, Please reject my papers quickly

The review times for most journals in our field are ridiculous. Check out Figure 1 here. A careful review takes time, but not six months. Let’s be honest, those papers are sitting on desks for the great majority of those six … Continue reading

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Smoking is a choice, breathing is not.

Over the last week or so I’ve been posting about the air pollution levels in Beijing, China. The twitter feed from the US Embassy there makes it easy to track the hourly levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and you … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court's interpretation of statistical correlation may determine the future of personalized medicine

Summary/Background The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the case Mayo Collaborative Services vs. Prometheus Laboratories (No 10-1150). At issue is a patent Prometheus Laboratories holds for making decisions about the treatment of disease on the basis of … Continue reading

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Interview w/ Mario Marazzi, Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics Director, on the importance of Government Statisticians

[Desplace hacia abajo para traducción al español] In my opinion, the importance of government statisticians is underappreciated. In the US, agencies such as the CDC, the Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics employ statisticians to help collect and … Continue reading

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