Monthly Archives: May 2013

What statistics should do about big data: problem forward not solution backward

There has been a lot of discussion among statisticians about big data and what statistics should do to get involved. Recently Steve M. and Larry W. took up the same issue on their blog. I have been thinking about this … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (5/19/2013)

This is a ridiculously good post on 20th versus 21st century problems and the rise of the importance of empirical science. I particularly like the discussion of what it means to be a "solved" problem and how that has changed. … Continue reading

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When does replication reveal fraud?

Here's a little thought experiment for your weekend pleasure. Consider the following: Joe Scientist decides to conduct a study (call it Study A) to test the hypothesis that a parameter D > 0 vs. the null hypothesis that D = 0. He … Continue reading

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The bright future of applied statistics

In 2013, the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. As part of its celebration, COPSS will publish a book, with contributions from past recipients of its awards, titled “Past, Present and Future of Statistical Science". Below is … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (5/12/2013, Mother's Day!)

A tutorial on deep-learning, I really enjoyed reading it, but I'm still trying to figure out how this is different than non-linear logistic regression to estimate features then supervised prediction using those features? Or maybe I'm just naive.... Rafa on … Continue reading

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A Shiny web app to find out how much medical procedures cost in your state.

Today the front page of the Huffington Post featured the new data available from the CMS that shows the cost of many popular procedures broken down by hospital. We here at Simply Statistics think you should be able to explore … Continue reading

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Why the current over-pessimism about science is the perfect confirmation bias vehicle and we should proceed rationally

Recently there have been some high profile flameouts in scientific research. A couple examples include the Duke saga, the replication issues in social sciences, p-value hacking, fabricated data, not enough open-access publication, and on and on. Some of these results … Continue reading

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Talking about MOOCs on MPT Direct Connection

Watch Monday, April 29, 2013 on PBS. See more from Direct Connection. I appeared on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin last Monday to talk about MOOCs (along with our Dean Mike Klag).

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Reproducibility at Nature

Nature has jumped on to the reproducibility bandwagon and has announced a new approach to improving reproducibility of submitted papers. The new effort is focused primarily and methodology, including statistics, and in making sure that it is clear what an … Continue reading

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