Monthly Archives: October 2014

Short-cutting in RStudio

Well it’s Halloween again. A time to ponder about what scares us. I’ll go first. I get scared when I have an idea while coding, and I know that I won’t be able to finish actually typing the code out … Continue reading

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Comic Strip Statistics

I apologize in advance for the abbreviated nature of this post, but it’s Midterm Week 2 and I’m getting to the point where NA vectors look like they’re taunting me (na-na-na-na-na-na). A few weeks ago, I came across an interesting … Continue reading

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Hola, me llamo R

Homework was due soon and I was fighting with my completely entangled code: “Everything looks good” I repeated to myself a hundred times even though I was not getting the expected result,… “everything looked good indeed”. Learning the coding language … Continue reading

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An Unpredictable Part

As I clicked around the web, looking for data and predictions surrounding the world series currently underway, I found some interesting angles about analyzing data that I had not previously thought about. An article on fivethirtyeight.com (link below) discusses how … Continue reading

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P-hacking

In perfect timing for our Bayes discussion, one of our Senior Science Advisors at work sent along this article by Gelman and Loken (see here: http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/2014/6/the-statistical-crisis-in-science/2) , questioning the value of statistically significant comparisons many of us researchers fall into … Continue reading

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Making predictions is hard!

This week’s Silver reading fits the current events a bit too eerily with its focus on disease epidemics and their past predictions.  I remember the 2009 swine flu fiasco.  We cut pork out of our diet for a few months, … Continue reading

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Get Your Flu Shot

With America fixated on the ebola panic as a result of insistent media coverage, much of America has forgotten about getting their flu shot. But this isn’t strange – according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only … Continue reading

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