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paste0 is statistical computing's most influential contribution of the 21st century

The day I discovered paste0 I literally cried. No more paste(bla,bla, sep=""). While looking through code written by a student who did not know about paste0 I started pondering about how many person hours it has saved humanity. So typing sep="" takes … Continue reading

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R package meme

I just got this from a former student who is working on a project with me: Awesome.    

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/2/12)

An interview with Anthony Goldbloom, CEO of Kaggle. I'm not sure I'd agree with the characterization that all data scientists are: creative, curious, and competitive and certainly those characteristics aren't unique to data scientists. And I didn't know this: "We … Continue reading

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I give up, I am embracing pie charts

Most statisticians know that pie charts are a terrible way to plot percentages. You can find explanations here, here, and here as well as the R help file for the pie function which states: Pie charts are a very bad … Continue reading

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The pebbles of academia

I have just been awarded a certificate for successful completion of the Conflict of Interest Commitment training (I barely passed). Lately, I have been totally swamped by administrative duties and have had little time for actual research. The experience reminded … Continue reading

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When dealing with poop, it's best to just get your hands dirty

I’m a relatively new dad. Before the kid we affectionately call the “tiny tornado” (TT) came into my life, I had relatively little experience dealing with babies and all the fluids they emit. So admittedly, I was a little squeamish dealing with … Continue reading

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (5/27)

Amanda Cox on the process they went through to come up with this graphic about the Facebook IPO. So cool to see how R is used in the development process. A favorite quote of mine, “But rather than bringing clarity, it … Continue reading

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Computational biologist blogger saves computer science department

People who read the news should be aware by now that we are in the midst of a big data era. The New York Times, for example, has been writing about this frequently. One of their most recent articles describes … Continue reading

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Just like regular communism, dongle communism has failed

Bad news comrades. Dongle communism in under attack. Check out how this poor dongle has been subjugated. This is in our lab meeting room. To add insult to injury, this happened on May 1st! 

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I don't think it means what ESPN thinks it means

Given ESPN’s recent headline difficulties it seems like they might want a headline editor or something…

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