Monthly Archives: November 2012

Statistical illiteracy may lead to parents panicking about Autism.

I just was doing my morning reading of a few news sources and stumbled across this Huffington Post article talking about research correlating babies cries to autism. It suggests that the sound of a babies cries may predict their future … Continue reading

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I give up, I am embracing pie charts

Most statisticians know that pie charts are a terrible way to plot percentages. You can find explanations here, here, and here as well as the R help file for the pie function which states: Pie charts are a very bad … Continue reading

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The statisticians at Fox News use classic and novel graphical techniques to lead with data

Depending on where you land in the political spectrum you may either love or despise Fox News. But regardless of your political affiliation, you have to recognize that their statisticians are well-trained in the art of using graphics to persuade … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (11/25/2012)

My wife used to teach at Grinnell College, so we were psyched to see that a Grinnell player set the NCAA record for most points in a game. We used to go to the games, which were amazing to watch, … Continue reading

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Computer scientists discover statistics and find it useful

This article in the New York Times today describes some of the advances that computer scientists have made in recent years. The technology, called deep learning, has already been put to use in services like Apple’s Siri virtual personal assistant, … Continue reading

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Developing the New York Times Visual Election Outcome Explorer

Mike Bostock talks about the design and construction of the "512 Paths to the White House" visualization for the New York Times. I found this visualization extremely useful on election night as it helped me understand the implications of each … Continue reading

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A grand experiment in science funding

Among all the young scientists I know, I think Ethan Perlstein is one of the most innovative in the way he has adapted to the internet era. His website is incredibly unique among academic websites, he is all over the social … Continue reading

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Podcast #5: Coursera Debrief

Jeff and I talk with Brian Caffo about teaching MOOCs on Coursera.

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Welcome to Simply Statistics 2.0

Welcome to the re-designed, re-hosted and re-platformed Simply Statistics blog. We have moved the blog over to the WordPress platform to give us some newer features that were lacking over at tumblr. So far the transition has gone okay but … Continue reading

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Sunday Data/Statistics Link Roundup (11/18/12)

An interview with Brad Efron about scientific writing. I haven’t watched the whole interview, but I do know that Efron is one of my favorite writers among statisticians. Slidify, another approach for making HTML5 slides directly from R.  I love … Continue reading

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