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Moneyball for Academic Institutes

A way that universities grow in research fields for which they have no department is by creating institutes. Millions of dollars are invested to promote collaboration between existing faculty interested in the new field. But do they work? Does the … Continue reading

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Benford's law

Am I the only one who didn’t know about Benford’s law? It says that for many datasets, the probability that the first digit of a random element is d is given by P(d)= log_10 (1 + 1/d). This post by Jialan Wang explores financial … Continue reading

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Errors in Biomedical Computing

Biomedical Computation Review has a nice summary (in which I am quoted briefly) by Kristin Sainani about the many different types of errors in computational research, including the infamous Duke incident and some other recent examples. The reproducible research policy at … Continue reading

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A Really Cool Paper on the "Hot Hand" in Sports

I just found this really cool paper on the phenomenon of the “hot hand” in sports. The idea behind the “hot hand” (also called the “clustering illusion”) is that success breeds success. In other words, when you are successful (you win … Continue reading

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Cool papers

Here is a paper where they scraped Twitter data over a year and showed how the the tweets corresponded with sleep patterns and diurnal rhythms. The coolest part of this paper is that these two guys just went out and … Continue reading

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Defining data science

Rebranding of statistics as a field seems to be a popular topic these days and “data science” is one of the potential rebranding options. This article over at Revolutions is a nice summary of where the term comes from and … Continue reading

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Innovation and overconfidence

I posted a while ago on how overconfidence may be a good thing. I just read this fascinating article by Neal Stephenson (via aldaily.com) about innovation starvation. The article focuses a lot on how science fiction inspires people to work on … Continue reading

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Some cool papers

A cool article on the regulator’s dilemma. It turns out what is the best risk profile to prevent one bank from failing is not the best risk profile to prevent all banks from failing.  Persistence of web resources for computational … Continue reading

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