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I have been traveling quite a bit lately, and last week, I went to Rome for a few days, and spent time at the KDIR conference. Rome is one of my favorite destinations and apart from the architecture and museums, and the restaurants, I also enjoy shopping there. To my dismay, a gray cloud followed me around this entire trip - in the form of a misfiring fraud detection algorithm. On foreign trips, I...
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Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with. Does …Tags: astronomy, scale...
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David Spiegelhalter, professor of public understanding of risk, does some back-of-the-napkin math to describe why recent prostitution estimates for the …Tags: prostitution, taxes, uncertainty...
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Matt O’Brien at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog has an infographic that contains the following information: quintile of income distribution first second third fourth fifth % of college graduates from poor families 16 17 26 21 20 % of high school dropouts from rich families 16 35 30 5 14 This comes from a paper entitled […]...
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I do not normally post job adverts, but this was very specifically targeted to “applied time series candidates” so I thought it might be of sufficient interest to readers of this blog. Here is an excerpt from an email I received from someone at Amazon: Amazon is aggressively recruiting in the data sciences, and we […]...
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This post is by Phil Price. This article in the New York Times is pretty good, and the graphics are excellent…especially the interactive graphic halfway down, entitled “American Incomes Are Losing Their Edge, Except at the Top” (try mousing over the gray lines and see what happens). The plot attempts to display the statistical distribution […] The post Statistical distribut...
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Shira writes: This came up from trying to help a colleague of mine at Human Rights Watch. He has several completely observed variables X, and a variable with 29% missing, Y. He wants a histogram (and other descriptive statistics) of a “filled in” Y. He can regress Y on X, and impute missing Y’s from […] The post I love it when I can respond to a question with a single link ...
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There’s been some discussion recently about an experiment done in Montana, New Hampshire, and California, conducted by three young political science professors, in which letters were sent to 300,000 people, in order to (possibly) affect their voting behavior. It appears that the plan was to follow up after the elections and track voter turnout. (Some […] The post Was it really necessar...
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Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series last night. In honor of their victory let's talk metrics. Baseball has truly embraced metrics as evidenced in the book and movie Moneyball about focusing on statistics to choose which players to trade for. This year we saw a dramatic increase in the infield shift, the process of moving the infielders to different locations for e...
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On Quora, someone asked, "What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces in average games?" Oliver Brennan answered …Tags: chess, survival rate...
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