Author Archives: Roger Peng

Introducing people to R: 14 years and counting

I've been introducing people to R for quite a long time now and I've been doing some reflecting today on how that process has changed quite a bit over time. I first started using R around 1998--1999 I think I … Continue reading

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Jan de Leeuw owns the Internet

One of the best things to happen on the Internet recently is that Jan de Leeuw has decided to own the Twitter/Facebook universe. If you do not already, you should be following him. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the … Continue reading

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New book on implementing reproducible research

I have mentioned this in a few places but my book edited with Victoria Stodden and Fritz Leisch, Implementing Reproducible Research, has just been published by CRC Press. Although it is technically in their "R Series", the chapters contain information on … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Reproducible Research is Important

Reproducible research has been on my mind a bit these days, partly because it has been in the news with the Piketty stuff, and also perhaps because I just published a book on it and I'm teaching a class on … Continue reading

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Post-Piketty Lessons

The latest crisis in data analysis comes to us (once again) from the field of Economics. Thomas Piketty, a French economist recently published a book titled Capital in the 21st Century that has been a best-seller. I have not read … Continue reading

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JHU Data Science: More is More

Today Jeff Leek, Brian Caffo, and I are launching 3 new courses on Coursera as part of the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization. These courses are Exploratory Data Analysis Reproducible Research Statistical Inference I'm particularly excited about Reproducible Research, not … Continue reading

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This is how an important scientific debate is being used to stop EPA regulation

Environmental regulation in the United States has protected human health for over 40 years. Since the Clean Air Act was enacted in 1970, levels of outdoor air pollution have dropped dramatically, changing the landscape of once heavily-polluted cities like Los … Continue reading

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ENAR is in Baltimore - Here's What To Do

This year's meeting of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (ENAR) is in lovely Baltimore, Maryland. As local residents Jeff and I thought we'd put down a few suggestions for what to do during your stay … Continue reading

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Data Science is Hard, But So is Talking

Jeff, Brian, and I had to record nine separate introductory videos for our Data Science Specialization and, well, some of us were better at it than others. It takes a bit of practice to read effectively from a teleprompter, something … Continue reading

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Here's why the scientific publishing system can never be "fixed"

There's been much discussion recently about how the scientific publishing system is "broken". Just the latest one that I saw was a tweet from Princeton biophysicist Josh Shaevitz: Editor at a ‘fancy’ journal to my postdoc “This is amazing work … Continue reading

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