Monthly Archives: December 2012

What makes a good data scientist?

Apparently, New Year's Eve is not a popular day to come to the office as it seems I'm the only one here. No matter, it just means I can blast Mahler 3 (Bernstein, NY Phil, 1980s recording) louder than I … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/30/12)

An interesting new app called 100plus, which looks like it uses public data to help determine how little decisions (walking more, one more glass of wine, etc.) lead to more or less health. Here's a post describing it on the … Continue reading

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Make a Christmas Tree in R with random ornaments/presents

Happy holidays!     Link to Gist

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup 12/23/12

A cool data visualization for blood glucose levels for diabetic individuals. This kind of interactive visualization can help people see where/when major health issues arise for chronic diseases. This was a class project by Jeff Heer's Stanford CS448B students Ben Rudolph … Continue reading

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The NIH peer review system is still the best at identifying innovative biomedical investigators

This recent Nature paper makes the controversial claim that the most innovative (interpreted as best) scientists are not being funded by NIH. Not surprisingly, it is getting a lot of attention in the popular media. The title and introduction make it sound … Continue reading

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Rafa interviewed about statistical genomics

He talks about the problems created by the speed of increase in data sizes in molecular biology, the way that genomics is hugely driven by data analysis/statistics, how Bioconductor is an example of bottom up science, Simply Statistics gets a … Continue reading

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The value of re-analysis

I just saw this really nice post over on John Cook's blog. He talks about how it is a valuable exercise to re-type code for examples you find in a book or on a blog. I completely agree that this … Continue reading

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Should the Cox Proportional Hazards model get the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

I'm not the first one to suggest that Biostatistics has been undervalued in the scientific community, and some of the shortcomings of epidemiology and biostatistics have been noted elsewhere. But this previous work focuses primarily on the contributions of statistics/biostatistics … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/16/12)

A directory of open access journals. Very cool idea to aggregate them. Here is a blog post from one of my favorite statistics bloggers about why open-access journals are so cool. Just like in a lot of other areas, open access … Continue reading

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Computing for Data Analysis Returns

I'm happy to announce that my course Computing for Data Analysis will return to Coursera on January 2nd, 2013. While I had previously announced that the course would be presented again right here, it made more sense to do it … Continue reading

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