Monthly Archives: June 2012

Obamacare is not going to solve the health care crisis, but a new initiative, led by a statistician, may help

Obamacare may help protect a vulnerable section of our population, but it does nothing to solve the real problem with health care in the US: it is unsustainably expensive and getting worst worse. In the graph below (left) per capita … Continue reading

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Motivating statistical projects

It seems like half of the battle in statistics is identifying an important/unsolved problem. In math, this is easy, they have a list. So why is it harder for statistics? Since I have to think up projects to work on … Continue reading

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The price of skepticism

Thanks to John Cook for posting this: “If you’re only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never can learn anything. You become a crotchety misanthrope convinced that nonsense is ruling the world.” – Carl Sagan

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Follow up on "Statistics and the Science Club"

I agree with Roger’s latest post: “we need to expand the tent of statistics and include people who are using their statistical training to lead the new science”. I am perhaps a bit more worried than Roger. Specifically, I worry that talented go-getters … Continue reading

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The problem with small big data

There’s lots of talk about “big data” these days and I think that’s great. I think it’s bringing statistics out into the mainstream (even if they don’t call it statistics) and it creating lots of opportunities for people with statistics … Continue reading

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Hilary Mason: From Tiny Links, Big Insights

Hilary Mason: From Tiny Links, Big Insights

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The Evolution of Music

The Evolution of Music

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A specific suggestion to help recruit/retain women faculty at Hopkins

A recent article by a former Obama administration official has stirred up debate over the obstacles women face in balancing work/life. This reminded me of this report written by  a committee here at Hopkins to help resolve the current gender-based career obstacles for women faculty. The report … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (6/24)

We’ve got a new domain! You can still follow us on tumblr or here: http://simplystatistics.org/.  A cool article on MIT’s annual sports statistics conference (via @storeylab). I love how the guy they chose to highlight created what I would consider a … Continue reading

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Statistics and the Science Club

One of my favorite movies is Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. If you’re my age and you haven’t seen it, I usually tell people it’s like When Harry Met Sally, except really good. The movie opens with Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer … Continue reading

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