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That Claim About North Carolina No Longer Being a Democracy? It Was Bogus.
In a recent op-ed in the Raleigh News & Observer that was picked up far and wide, including here on Slate, political science professor Andrew Reynolds ...
science  statistics  democracy  US  2016 
january 2017 by amerberg
Race and Police Shootings: Why Data Sampling Matters
This is a guest post by Brian D'Alessandro, who daylights as the Head of Data Science at Zocdoc and as an Adjunct Professor with NYU's Center for Data Science. When not thinking probabilistically, he's drumming with the indie surf rock quarter Coastgaard. I’d like to address the recent study by Roland Fryer Jr from Harvard University that…
data  statistics  race  police  violence 
july 2016 by amerberg
Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
To busy readers: Skip to the tl;dr summary at the end of this post. A psychology researcher sent me an email with subject line, “There’s a hell of a paper coming out in PPNAS today.” He sent me a copy of the paper, “Physical and situational inequality on airplanes predicts air rage,” by Katherine DeCelles …
science  statistics  psychology 
may 2016 by amerberg
We spoke to Ben Goldacre about his new project to combat the problem.
medicine  science  statistics 
december 2015 by amerberg
It’s Not a Myth: Basketball Players Really Do Have “Hot Hands”
Do basketball players actually have brief runs of superhuman “hot hands,” when the basket looks 5 feet wide and sinking a free throw is as easy as opening
math  statistics 
october 2015 by amerberg
Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?
(Warning: long and slightly wonkish) If you’re like me, you’re continually frustrated by the fact that undergraduate students struggle to understand statistics. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: a large fraction of undergraduates simply refuse to understand statistics; mention a requirement for statistical data analysis in your course and you’ll get eye-rolling, groans, or (if it’s…
math  statistics  teaching 
october 2015 by amerberg
Is the triangle inequality fulfilled for standard hierarchical clustering distances?
For hierarchical clustering I often see the following two "metrics" (they aren't exactly speaking) for measuring the distance between two random variables $X$ and $Y$: $\newcommand{\Cor}{\mathrm{Co...
statistics  data  math 
april 2015 by amerberg
Companies are overselling the accuracy of a new generation of prenatal tests and doing little to educate expecting parents or their doctors about the significant risk of false alarms. Now, some women are getting abortions based on inaccurate test results suggesting their fetuses have genetic abnormalities.
health  statistics  bayes  science 
april 2015 by amerberg
Useful reading
Genomic tools are increasingly important in many scientific fields, from medicine to molecular biology to anthropology. This page includes some reading material that I (Joe Pickrell) have found particularly useful while working in human genomics. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but rather a small set of papers and books that have…
books  statistics  genomics  science 
april 2015 by amerberg
How to do community detection in a weighted social network/graph?
I'm wondering if someone could suggest what are good starting points when it comes to performing community detection/graph partitioning/clustering on a graph that has weighted, undirected edges. The
math  statistics  data  graphs 
april 2015 by amerberg
Scientists unknowingly tweak experiments
A new study has found some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods to increase their chances of getting results that are easily published.
statistics  science 
march 2015 by amerberg
Tortured data will confess to anything
When researchers pile up factors affecting an outcome, they are likely to discover something no one has ever seen before, even if it isn’t there.
data  science  statistics 
february 2015 by amerberg
In-depth introduction to machine learning in 15 hours of expert videos
In January 2014, Stanford University professors Trevor Hastie and Rob Tibshirani (authors of the legendary Elements of Statistical Learning textbook) taught an
data  r  ml  statistics 
january 2015 by amerberg
The Official Dilbert Website featuring Scott Adams Dilbert strips, animation, mashups and more starring Dilbert, Dogbert, Wally, The Pointy Haired Boss, Alice, Asok, Dogbert's New Ruling Class and more.
humor  statistics 
november 2014 by amerberg
Nate Silver Calls Competing Election Forecaster's Model 'Wrong'
This post has been updated. Election forecaster Nate Silver did something unusual on Wednesday: He openly criticized another election forecaster's modeling. The target of his critique was Princeton University's Sam Wang, whose 2014 forecasts have been published by The New Yorker. Silver took the unusual step, he wrote at FiveThirtyEight, because of the disparity between his model and Wang's. Silver's most recent forecast Tuesday gave the Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking over the Senate. Wang's Wednesday forecast shows Democrats with a 70 percent chance of keeping it.
elections  predictions  statistics  data 
september 2014 by amerberg
City Journal
When is prediction useful—and when is it dangerous?
books  statistics  predictions 
september 2014 by amerberg
Things that correlate
Why do these things correlate? These 20 correlations will blow your mind. (Is this headline sensationalist enough for you to click on it yet?)
humor  data  graphs  statistics 
may 2014 by amerberg
Andrew Lang
> Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.
> 1910 Speech, quoted in Alan L. Mackay The Harvest of a Quiet Eye (1977), as reported in Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 488.
> Variant: He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than illumination.
> Widely attributed to Lang (e.g. in Elizabeth M. Knowles, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Oxford University Press; and in Robert Andrews, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Columbia University Press).
quotes  statistics  humor 
march 2014 by amerberg
Scientific method: Statistical errors
P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.
science  statistics 
february 2014 by amerberg
Here's The One Thing Nassim Taleb Wants To Convey Before He Dies
The author of "The Black Swan," talks about how to measure fragility and identify projects or companies that are susceptible to harm.
statistics  graphs 
february 2014 by amerberg
How to Lie with Statistics
Darrell Huff How to Lie with Statistics Penguin Books 1973 Acrobat 7 Pdf 4.79 Mb. Scanned by artmisa using Canon DR2580C + flatbed option
books  statistics 
february 2014 by amerberg
- Code documentation written as code! How novel and totally my idea!
r  code  statistics  programming  reference  tutorial 
january 2014 by amerberg
On correlation, causation, and the "real" cause of autism
Here for spreading far and wide is a graphical reminder of the important distinction between correlation and causation.
statistics  autism  organic  food  agriculture 
january 2014 by amerberg
What If Mathematicians Wrote the Headlines?
A brief look at some popular headlines that defy mathematical principles.
news  statistics  math  humor 
december 2013 by amerberg
Vaclav Smil’s graph of the year
Oil and gas prices, traditionally moving in tandem, have diverged significantly.
graphs  statistics  energy  oil 
december 2013 by amerberg
The Artangel Longplayer Letters: 2
Working outside the white walls of the gallery or the black box of the theatre or cinema, Artangel has commissioned many of the most notable artworks of recent years in a range of unexpected buildings and landscapes.
gmo  evolution  natural  statistics  time 
december 2013 by amerberg
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