Category Archives: Statistics

Data Scientists Needed

Steve Lohr of the New York Times reported last week in an article titled “New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says” that a McKinsey Global Institute study predicts that businesses will need tens … Continue reading

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Data Science

David Smith writes today on the Revolutions blog about the new terms data science and data scientist. Smith provides good background on the recent appearance of these terms and admits that he finds these terms useful. One link Smith provides … Continue reading

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Three Enterotypes (So Far)

Biologists are beginning to make a thorough exploration of the human microbiome, the approximately hundred trillion bacterial cells associated with each human body. Yesterday members of the Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract (MetaHIT) Consortium published a paper in Nature stating … Continue reading

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Information Is Beautiful

I love it when I stumble across a fascinating website that I haven’t seen before. Yesterday’s discovery was David McCandless’s Information Is Beautiful site. There is plenty to explore here. I especially like “Books Everyone Should Read: A Consensus Cloud,” created … Continue reading

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Visualizing Biological Data

On March 16–19, 2011, the Workshop on Visualizing Biological Data was held at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, less than a mile from where I work. I am deeply interested in this topic, and I would have loved to … Continue reading

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The Elements of Statistical Learning by Hastie et al.

I’m possibly the last kid on my block to buy the second edition of The Elements of Statistical Learning, written by Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, and Jerome Friedman. The first edition has been an old friend that has provided me … Continue reading

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More Modeling of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Continuing his statistical modeling of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, Nate Silver writes in his New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight, about how an average tournament team seeded with a higher number may have a better chance of winning the tournament than … Continue reading

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