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An experimental foundation for statistics

In a recent conversation with Brian (of abstraction fame) about the relationship between mathematics and statistics. Statistics, for historical reasons, has been treated as a mathematical sub-discipline (this is the NSF’s view). One reason statistics is viewed as a sub-discipline … Continue reading

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A proposal for a really fast statistics journal

I know we need a new journal like we need a good poke in the eye. But I got fired up by the recent discussion of open science (by Paul Krugman and others) and the seriously misguided Research Works Act- … Continue reading

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The 5 Most Critical Statistical Concepts

It seems like everywhere we look, data is being generated - from politics, to biology, to publishing, to social networks. There are also diverse new computational tools, like GPGPU and cloud computing, that expand the statistical toolbox. Statistical theory is … Continue reading

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The future of graduate education

Stanford is offering a free online course and more than 100,000 students have registered. This got the blogosphere talking about the future of universities. Matt Yglesias thinks that “colleges are the next newspaper and are destined for some very uncomfortable adjustments”. Tyler Cowen reminded … Continue reading

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The p>0.05 journal

I want to start a journal called “P>0.05”. This journal will publish all the negative results in science. These would also be stored in a database. Think of all the great things we could do with this. We could, for … Continue reading

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"Unoriginal genius"

“The world is full of texts, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more” This quote is from an article in the Chronicle Review. I highly recommend reading the article, particularly check out the section on the … Continue reading

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25 minute seminars

Most Statistics and Biostatistics departments have weekly seminars. We usually invite outside speakers to share their knowledge via a 50 minute powerpoint (or beamer) presentation. This gives us the opportunity to meet colleagues from other Universities and pick their brains … Continue reading

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Getting email responses from busy people

I’ve had the good fortune of working with some really smart and successful people during my career. As a young person, one problem with working with really successful people is that they get a ton of email. Some only see the … Continue reading

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Dongle communism

If you have a mac and give talks or teach, chances are you have embarrassed yourself by forgetting your dongle. Our lab meetings and classes were constantly delayed due to missing dongles. Communism solved this problem. We bought 10 dongles, sprinkled them … Continue reading

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The Killer App for Peer Review

A little while ago, over at Genomes Unzipped, Joe Pickrell asked, “Why publish science in peer reviewed journals?” He points out the flaws with the current peer review system and suggests how we can do better. What he suggests is … Continue reading

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