Monthly Archives: June 2013

What is the Best Way to Analyze Data?

One topic I've been thinking about recently is extent to which data analysis is an art versus a science. In my thinking about art and science, I rely on Don Knuth's distinction, from his 1974 lecture "Computer Programming as an … Continue reading

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Art from Data

There's a nice piece by Mark Hansen about data-driven aesthetics in the New York Times special section on big data. From a speedometer to a weather map to a stock chart, we routinely interpret and act on data displayed visually. … Continue reading

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Doing Statistical Research

There's a wonderful article over at the STATtr@k web site by Terry Speed on How to Do Statistical Research. There is a lot of good advice there, but the column is most notable because it's pretty much the exact opposite … Continue reading

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Does fraud depend on my philosophy?

Ever since my last post on replication and fraud I've been doing some more thinking about why people consider some things "scientific fraud". (First of all, let me just say that I was a bit surprised by the discussion in … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (6/23/13)

An interesting study describing the potential benefits of using significance testing may be potentially beneficial and a scenario where the file drawer effect may even be beneficial. Granted this is all simulation so you have to take it with a … Continue reading

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Interview with Miriah Meyer - Microsoft Faculty Fellow and Visualization Expert

Miriah Meyer received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah, then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and was a visiting fellow at MIT and the Broad Institute. Her research focuses on developing visualization tools in … Continue reading

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Google's brainteasers (that don't work) and Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Data Analysis

This article is getting some attention, because Google's VP for people operations at Google has made public a few insights that the Google HR team has come to over the last several years. The most surprising might be: They don't … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (6/16/13 - Father's day edition!)

Datapalooza! I'm wondering where my invite is? I do health data stuff, pick me, pick me! Actually it does sound like a pretty good idea - in general giving a bunch of smart people access to interesting data and real … Continue reading

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The vast majority of statistical analysis is not performed by statisticians

Whether you know it or not, everything you do produces data - from the websites you read to the rate at which your heart beats. Until pretty recently, most of the data you produced wasn’t collected, it floated off unmeasured. … Continue reading

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False discovery rate regression (cc NSA's PRISM)

There is an idea I have been thinking about for a while now. It re-emerged at the top of my list after seeing this really awesome post on using metadata to identify "conspirators" in the American revolution. My first thought was: … Continue reading

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