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By introducing competition open online education will improve teaching at top universities

It is no secret that faculty evaluations at top universities weigh research much more than teaching. This is not surprising given that, among other reasons,  global visibility comes from academic innovation (think Nobel Prizes) not classroom instruction. Come promotion time the peer review system … Continue reading

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Sunday Data/Statistics Link Roundup (10/21/12)

This is scientific variant on the #whatshouldwecallme meme isn’t exclusive to statistics, but it is hilarious.  This is a really interesting post that is a follow-up to the XKCD password security comic. The thing I find most interesting about this is … Continue reading

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This is an awesome paper all students in statistics should read

The paper is a review of how to do software development for academics. I saw it via C. Titus Brown (who we have interviewed), he is also a co-author. How to write software (particularly for other people) is something that … Continue reading

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Sunday Data/Statistics Link Roundup (9/9/12)

Not necessarily statistics related, but pretty appropriate now that the school year is starting. Here is a little introduction to “how to google” (via Andrew J.). Being able to “just google it” and find answers for oneself without having to resort … Continue reading

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A non-exhaustive list of things I have failed to accomplish

A few years ago I stumbled across a blog post that described a person’s complete cv. The idea was that the cv listed both the things they had accomplished and the things they had failed to accomplish. At the time, … Continue reading

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On the relative importance of mathematical abstraction in graduate statistical education

Editor’s Note: This is the counterpoint in our series of posts on the value of abstraction in graduate education. See Brian’s defense of abstraction on Monday and the comments on his post, as well as the comments on our original … Continue reading

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Online education: many academics are missing the point

Many academics are complaining about online education and warning us about how it can lead to a lower quality product. For example, the New York Times recently published this op-ed piece wondering if “online education [will] ever be education of the … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (6/24)

We’ve got a new domain! You can still follow us on tumblr or here: http://simplystatistics.org/.  A cool article on MIT’s annual sports statistics conference (via @storeylab). I love how the guy they chose to highlight created what I would consider a … Continue reading

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An essay on why programmers need to learn statistics

This is awesome. There are a few places with some strong language, but overall I think the message is pretty powerful. Via Tariq K. I agree with Tariq, one of the gems is: If you want to measure something, then … Continue reading

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Statistics project ideas for students

Here are a few ideas that might make for interesting student projects at all levels (from high-school to graduate school). I’d welcome ideas/suggestions/additions to the list as well. All of these ideas depend on free or scraped data, which means … Continue reading

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