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Category Archives: Statistics
Turns Out You Can Be Diverse and Segregated At the Same Time
Well, it’s official, I’m an unrelenting fangirl for Dustin Cable’s Racial Dot Map and everything it stands for. If you’re not yet familiar, it’s one of the coolest data visualization projects to come out of the census data. The map … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Data Science, Statistics
Tagged Diversity, Dustin Cable, Nate Silver, Race, Racial Dot Map, Segregation
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Return of the Statistics Blogs
When I shared a few of my favorite statistics blogs over a year ago, Thomas Lumley selfpromoted his blogs in the comments, and I’m so glad he did! He is the ringleader and a contributor to the University of Auckland … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged age, Amy Hogan, health, media, percent, reporting, Statistics, Thomas Lumley
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NotSoConfident Intervals
Here is a test for you. Let’s say 300 mathematicians were polled concerning how many hours of TV they watch per week. What does it mean to say that a 95% confidence interval for the average number of hours of … Continue reading
e is for Ebola
A recent NPR blog features a few quotes emphasizing a math word that is lamentably absent from many readers’ vocabularies: “It’s spreading and growing exponentially,” President Obama said Tuesday. “This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, Statistics
Tagged Amy Greer, Basic Reproduction Ratio, Caitlyn Rivers, computational epidemiology, David Hartley, Ebola, Effective Reproduction Ratio, Ellsworth Campbell, Exponential growth, IDEA, SIR model
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Regression, Twitter, and #Ferguson
Like many people, I have been following news about the events in Ferguson, Missouri with shock and sorrow for almost two weeks. I have been following these events as a human, not as a mathematician. But there’s a mathematical side … Continue reading
Posted in Events, Mathematics and Computing, Statistics
Tagged algorithms, big data, current events, data analysis, Emma Pierson, Facebook, ferguson, social media, twitter, Zeynep Tufekci
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Bad Statistics: Ignore or Call Out?
Andrew Gelman has been wondering how much time he should spend criticizing crappy research, and so am I. He wrote the post after a discussion with Jeff Leek of Simply Statistics about replication and criticism. Harsh criticism of preliminary studies … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged Andrew Gelman, bad journalism, bad statistics, Cathy O'Neil, Jeff Leek, John D. Cook, journals
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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
Last semester, my university put on a production of Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead that got me thinking about the likelihood of flipping a lot of heads in a row. I wrote about it on my other … Continue reading
The best math in life is free? Help gather the data!
Over at the Secret Blogging Seminar , Scott Morrison is championing a new project to analyze this year’s mathematics publications and draw attention to freely accessible papers. The Mathematics Literature Project is looking for your help in categorizing published articles … Continue reading
Posted in Publishing in Math, Statistics
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Significantly Statistical Blogs
It’s almost Halloween, so I thought it was appropriate to write about something scary: statistics! (That was a joke, statisticians.) As a mathematician, I can get by in statistics, but I am not a native speaker. As someone who writes … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics, Uncategorized
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On Pregnancy and Probability
I have never been pregnant, but from what I understand, it is full of bizarre cravings, frequent bathroom breaks, and a smorgasbord of medical scans and tests. This last part is what concerns Kate Owens. She is a visiting assistant … Continue reading