Hadley Wickham

Schlep blindness in statistics

This is yet another outstanding post by Paul Graham, this time on “Schlep Blindness”. He talks about how there are great startup ideas that no one considers because they are too much of a “schlep” (a tedious unpleasant task). He talks about how most founders of startups want to put up a clever bit of code they wrote and just watch the money flow in. But of course it doesn’t work like that, you need to advertise, interact with customers, raise money, go out and promote your work, fix bugs at 3am, etc.

Sunday data/statistics link roundup (5/13)

Patenting statistical sampling? I’m pretty sure the Supreme Court who threw out the Mayo Patent wouldn’t have much trouble tossing this patent either. The properties of sampling are a “law of nature” right? via Leonid K. This video has me all fired up, its called 23 1⁄2 hours and talks about how the best preventative health measure is getting 30 minutes of exercise - just walking - every day. He shows how in some cases this beats doing much more high-tech interventions.

Interview with Hadley Wickham - Developer of ggplot2

Hadley Wickham Hadley Wickham is theĀ Dobelman Family Junior Chair of Statistics at Rice University. Prior to moving to Rice, he completed his Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa State University. He is the developer of the wildly popular ggplot2 software for data visualization and a contributor to the Ggobi project. He has developed a number of really useful R packages touching everything from data processing, to data modeling, to visualization.