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The week in stats (Aug. 26th edition) 27 Aug 2013 | 12:00 am

Computing speed is often an important factor in assessing a programing language. In this post, Nathan Lemoine uses R and Python to calculate the bootstrapped confidence intervals for simulated linear ...

The week in stats (Aug. 19th edition) 19 Aug 2013 | 08:00 pm

Data science is emerging as a new, hot field, but is it really different from statistics? Wesley from statistical-research.com discusses why data science is more than just a title. Are you in the mar...

The week in stats (Aug. 12th edition) 12 Aug 2013 | 08:05 pm

Thinking of starting a new business? Rodolfo Vanzini guides R users through the process of integrating Google maps with your own demographic data. Suppose you have n students each holding some number...

A probability cookbook 1 Aug 2013 | 03:06 am

Randomness – Probability = Chance Chance – Randomness = Fate Fate + God = Predestination Probability + Epistemology = Types of Randomness Subjective Probability = Betting + Coherence Propensity t...

Updates to types of randomness 10 Jul 2013 | 10:48 pm

Just a quick note that I’ve gone through and made some revisions to A classification scheme for types of randomness. If you haven’t yet read this post, I’d highly recommend it. If you have, go read it...

The hat trick 4 Jul 2013 | 01:16 am

In his book Quantum Computing Since Democritus, Scott Aaronson poses the following question: Suppose that you’re at a party where every guest is given a hat as they walk in. Each hat has either a pin...

Morality needs probability, manifesto addendum 1 Jul 2013 | 11:40 pm

Just added to my Big Bright Green Manifesto Machine. You might need to read this through a couple times; it’s a difficult concept since it lives in a collective blind spot for us: Doing ethics withou...

Uncovering the Unreliable Friend Distribution 31 May 2013 | 01:44 am

Head down to your local hardware store and pick up a smoke detector. Pop off the cover and look inside. You’ll see a label that mentions Americium 241, a radioactive isotope. Put on your HEV suit, gra...

What are the chances this headline will still be true in 10 years? 22 May 2013 | 02:18 am

In this post I’ll be discussing the ideas presented in The Half-Life of Facts, by Samuel Arbesman. The book argues that facts, which we often take to be iron-clad, unchanging laws of the universe, are...

Manifesto addition: “N is always finite” 27 Apr 2013 | 04:27 am

Added one more point to my manifesto: “N” is always finite. Probability theory gives us many powerful limit theorems. These tell us what to expect, mathematically, as the number of trials goes to infi...

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