I just saw this NSFW (due to language) data visualization & analysis by Reuben Fischer-Baum of when singers of the United States’ national anthem first flub the lyrics based on 26 youtube videos. I slightly altered their graphic to make it safe for work, but I think you will get the idea.
Apparently, the lyrics which posed the greatest challenge for the singers in the videos are “were so gallantly streaming”. This is a fun idea for analysis, and I enjoyed reading about it, but I think it could easily be made even more interesting and informative.
Here are my suggestions:
If you have youngsters in your life, you may have had the experience of playing different games of skill and chance with them. And though you may be taller, have many more years of experience to draw from, and are far more patient, these young competitors will not cease until you are utterly vanquished and verbally acknowledge their superiority. I speak from experience as I have been humbled by 5 year olds on more than one occasion.
A recent meta-analysis in BMJ on the association between baldness and coronary heart disease has gotten a lot of press (see NYT and Boston Globe). Looking at the comments section for these articles you can see that some readers are jokingly conflating this association with causality:
Andrew Gelman’s blog links to this survey of graduate students’ experiences TA’ing or teaching statistics courses. If you fit the bill, consider filling it out. It only took me about 5 minutes and will add to research on statistics education.
The Simply Statistics Blog‘s “Sunday Statistics Roundups” are always an interesting read. These posts tend to bring together links about statistics in the news, contests, conferences, and also data sets. This week’s roundup had a link to a really interesting data set on the bike trip histories from Capital Bikeshare.
As you may imagine Capital Bikeshare is a bike sharing program in Washington, DC. Members of this service can go to any bike station (locations here), borrow a bike, and return the bike to any station they like. Membership plans can vary in length from three days to a year.
I imagine Capital Bikeshare uses their data to try to understand where new stations should be put, which stations need to have more bike parking spaces, and how often to maintain bicycles. While they aren’t making available full access to their data (which is good because it would be creepy to be able to track individual people’s locations and trips) there is still a lot to be learned from the data they released.
I am pretty new to the role of journal article referee. Recently I searched for tips and guidelines for peer reviewing, and I sure did find a lot of information. I’ve compiled a list of helpful links below. While some of the links are subject specific, I think that each link contains useful tips for anyone looking to improve their reviewing (myself included). Continue reading
Tomorrow I head off to Orlando for ENAR where I will be presenting a poster on Sunday night. If you are at ENAR and are inclined, drop by my poster to say hi.
I am excited about attending the Joint Statistical Meetings in Montreal for several reasons, but I am even more excited now. Nate Silver of election predicting fame will be giving the President’s Invited Address.
Happy International Year of Statistics! I am going to celebrate by analyzing social network data in my favorite cafe.
I just found out that my submission is going to be included in the Art of Science Exhibition, which is sponsored by the Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Here is the invitation if you are interested in attending the opening on November 14th: Continue reading
What happens when a Mathematician and a Shakespeare scholar develop a course together? Apparently, one possibility is Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, a course developed and taught by Dr. Manil Suri and Dr. Michele Osherow at UMBC. The Chronicle of Higher Education is publishing a series (installment 1 is here) describing how this course came into being, complete with the syllabus. They also discuss the class in this video.
I enjoyed reading about Dr. Manil’s desire to proselytize a love of math to Humanities majors, and Dr. Osherow’s struggle to overcome her mathphobia. I’m looking forward to the next installments which will hopefully detail the students’ reactions to this grand experiment.
Thanks Dr. Ben Capistrant for bringing the Chronicle article to my attention!
I am working on many projects with Dr. Melissa Clark. Here is one project that is coming along nicely:
We have access to data on women who have advanced cancer. Each woman (the ego) was asked about the important people in her life (her alters). We are investigating the associations between the characteristics of the alters, and the ego’s advanced care planning decisions.
I don’t want to get too detailed since we are in the process of writing this up, but I think this paper could have a lot of implications for finding ways to encourage people to make these advanced care planning decisions.
I recently lead an intense course for incoming undergraduates who are going to concentrate in the sciences. I started the class by talking about sets, then moved into counting problems, followed by calculating probabilities, independence/dependence, unions & intersections, probability distributions, and finally hypothesis testing. It was a bit of a whirlwind! I had a lot of goals for myself for this class, which I won’t list out here at this time, but one of the goals was to balance the really serious public health examples (having TB and HIV, time to death, etc) with some light-heartedness.
For example, in the final exam I tried to include a little math/stats humor:
Blake needs to do each of these things today:
- Renew subscription to Statistician’s Fashions Quarterly
- Finish writing the love-song titled You are the Only [n choose 0] For Me
- Apply to compete on America’s Next Top Statistical Model
Assuming that Blake could only do one activity at a time, how many different ways could Blake order these activities?
I just got the news that a paper I have been working on with Sari Reisner, David Wypij, Bryn Austin, Heather Corliss, Margie Rosario, and Allegra Gordon got accepted for publication! They are a wonderful and talented group of people, and I am very lucky that I have had the chance to work with each of them. There were many many rounds of edits and revisions, and it feels great to have this come to fruition. Hurray!
What are the odds? I get asked this by my non-Stats friends from time to time. They usually don’t expect me to actually go to my thinking place (my thinking place deserves its own blog post) and calculate the odds. Not so with my friend Sarah, who has been steadfast in her curiosity. I started working on her problem yesterday.
Sarah loves to play a game called “Bathroom Solitaire” (also called One-Handed Solitaire) which is a bit of a family tradition for her. Both Sarah and her mother have been playing this game for decades. Bathroom solitaire owes its whimsical name to the fact that you can play it while holding all the cards in one hand, thus inspiring a fair amount of multi-tasking.
I have decided to start this website as a space to bring together my different interests, mainly focusing on Biostatistics. I hope to use this website to record my ideas on journal articles that I have read, share cool statistics applications, and hopefully engage with others who share my interests.