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It's like Tinder, but for peer review.

I have an idea for an app. You input the title and authors of a preprint (maybe even the abstract). The app shows the title/authors/abstract to people who work in a similar area to you. You could estimate this based … Continue reading

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If you like A/B testing here are some other Biostatistics ideas you may like

Web companies are using A/B testing and experimentation regularly now to determine which features to push for advertising or improving user experience. A/B testing is a form of randomized controlled trial that was originally employed in psychology but first adopted on a massive … Continue reading

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Do we need institutional review boards for human subjects research conducted by big web companies?

Web companies have been doing human subjects research for a while now. Companies like Facebook and Google have employed statisticians for almost a decade (or more) and part of the culture they have introduced is the idea of randomized experiments … Continue reading

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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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Academic statisticians: there is no shame in developing statistical solutions that solve just one problem

I think that the main distinction between academic statisticians and those calling themselves data scientists is that the latter are very much willing to invest most of their time and energy into solving specific problems by analyzing specific data sets. … 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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Piketty in R markdown - we need some help from the crowd

Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century was a surprise best seller and the subject of intense scrutiny. A few weeks ago the Financial Times claimed that the analysis was riddled with errors, leading to a firestorm of discussion. A … Continue reading

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Privacy as a function of sample size

The U.S. Supreme Court just made a unanimous ruling in Riley v. California making it clear that police officers must get a warrant before searching through the contents of a cell phone obtained incident to an arrest. The message was put … 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 difference between data hype and data hope

I was reading one of my favorite stats blogs, StatsChat, where Thomas points to this article in the Atlantic and highlights this quote: Dassault Systèmes is focusing on that level of granularity now, trying to simulate propagation of cholesterol in human … Continue reading

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