Category Archives: Statistics


I am on a class-taking spree.  I finished up Practical Machine Learning Coursera class, and just started in on the Developing Data Products class. What is a data product?  Here’s a short description of the course: 

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I Stand Corrected… Or Do I?

Just yesterday I received an email from Dr. Douglas Furton, a Physics Professor at Grand Valley State University.  Dr. Furton had read my blog post about One-Handed Solitaire in which I used simulations to find the probability of winning such a game.  Finding himself … Continue reading

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A Statistical Analysis of the Humans of New York Blog

The students in my Intro Statistics classes are diligently working on their Statistics Projects.  Every time I meet with a project group, I get excited and inspired by their ideas.  So what to do with all that inspiration?  Why not … Continue reading

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I just defended my dissertation. I simultaneously want to take a three-years nap, and do a victory lap around campus. Hurray!

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Statistical Performance Art Competitors: I Challenge Thee!

The American Statistical Association is holding a competition to help commemorate their 175th year: Entrants will submit a short (<5 min.) video of their statistically themed performance online by January 1, and an esteemed panel of judges will notify finalists … Continue reading

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Screwing Up the National Anthem

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 … Continue reading

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Capital Bikeshare Data Release

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 … Continue reading

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Happy International Year of Statistics!  I am going to celebrate by analyzing social network data in my favorite cafe.

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Art of Science

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 … Continue reading

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Your Random Number Generator Dresses You Funny

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, … Continue reading

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Adventures in Bathroom Solitaire

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. … Continue reading

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Extracurricular activity

I recently read in Inside Science that physicists had applied network analytic tools to discover whether three classic myths: Beowulf, the Iliad, and Tain Bo Cuailnge, were based in real life events (Here is the original article).    In a project that … Continue reading

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Teaching Statistics with Social Justice

I am in the process of developing an introduction to Probability and Statistics course for incoming undergraduates that will take place this August. I have begun looking for real world data (i.e. messy data sets) that will be relevant to … Continue reading

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First Blog Post

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 … Continue reading

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