FiveThirtyEight

  • !A Blood Test Promised To Make Me A Better Runner, But It Just Made Me Worry I Pee Too Much
    My date with the phlebotomist was surprisingly convenient. She came to my house in rural Colorado and drew a few tiny tubes of my blood. She then sent those vials to Quest Diagnostics for its Blueprint for Athletes test, which promised to reveal cruc…
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  • !Klay Thompson Only Needs 0.79 Seconds To Beat You
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Humans need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and NBA shooters need space to breathe. A cushion from a defender allows a player to do his job successfully: It gives him time to turn and face the basket, bend his knees to develop rhyth…
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  • !Have The Eagles Joined The NFL’s Ruling Class?
    In Week 6, the NFL’s best showed off their very worst. The Falcons blew a 17-0 lead to the Dolphins at home. The Patriots flirted with disaster against the Jets. The Chiefs were uncharacteristically lackluster in a loss at home. And the Packers suf…
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  • !The Politics Of Tax Reform: 101
    President Trump and congressional Republicans are ramping up their push to pass tax reform. What, exactly, “reform” means is still an open question; as my colleague Perry Bacon Jr. has detailed, different Republican factions put a higher priority…
    - 6 hours ago 17 Oct 17, 2:38pm -
  • !Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 5.3 percent That’s the percentage of roughly 45,000 spec scrips submitted to The Black List that contained a sexual assault. A disproportionate number of tho…
    - 9 hours ago 17 Oct 17, 11:33am -

Andrew Gelman

NYTimes - The UpShot

Vox.com

Simply Statistics

  • It Costs Money to Get It Right
    On the latest episode of Not So Standard Deviations I talked with Hilary about Apple’s efforts to train machine learning algorithms in their Face ID technology in the iPhone X. The gist of Face ID is that it recognizes your face using a mathematica…
    - 9 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Creating an expository graph for a talk
    I’m co-teaching a data science class at Johns Hopkins with John Muschelli. I gave the lectures on EDA and he just gave a lecture on how to create an “expository graph”. When we teach the class an exploratory graph is the kind of graph you make…
    - 16 days ago 2 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Recording Podcasts with a Remote Co-Host
    I previously wrote about my editing workflow for podcasts and I thought I’d follow up with some details on how I record both Not So Standard Deviations and The Effort Report. This post is again going to be a bit Mac-specific because, well, that’s…
    - 28 days ago 20 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Editing Podcasts with Logic Pro X
    I thought I’d write a brief description of how I edit podcasts using Logic Pro X because when I was first getting into podcasts, I didn’t find a lot of useful stuff out there. A lot of it was YouTube videos of advanced editing or very basic stuff…
    - 30 days ago 18 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Specialization and Communication in Data Science
    I have been interested for a while now in how data scientists can better communicate data analysis activities to each other and to people outside the field. I believe that our current methods are inadequate because they have mostly been borrowed from…
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WSJ - The Numbers Guy

  • A Note to Readers
    Dear readers, The Numbers blog will no longer be updated as of July 2017. We will continue to look at the use of numbers in news, business and politics in our weekly column, and you can follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. Additionally, yo…
    - 3 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • Retirement Calculators, Assumptions and Statistical Methods
    Retirement calculators employ different assumptions to help users predict whether their rate of savings will support their current lifestyle after they quit work.
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  • Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials: Catchall Groupings
    Generational groupings are attractive to academics who want to measure social and cultural change. They’re coveted by marketers looking to capitalize on evolving consumer tastes. And they appeal to others seeking to exploit the perceived psyche of…
    - 15 Jul 16, 6:02pm -
  • Economists’ Enemy: Residual Seasonality
    When seasonally adjusted numbers continue to exhibit the influences of seasonal effects, much as first-quarter readings on gross domestic product have regularly been doing, statisticians refer to it as residual seasonality. And that effect hampers se…
    - 1 Jul 16, 8:33pm -
  • How Math Helps Fight Epidemics Like Zika
    When an epidemic such as Zika threatens to sweep across the country, public-health workers and policy makers need some basic information in order to plan a strategic response to make the best use of limited resources to protect the public from the sp…
    - 3 Jun 16, 5:19pm -

Statspotting!

The Big Picture

  • !MiB: Paul Wilmott on Creating a Quadrillion Dollars Out of Thin Air
    What happens when you create a quadrillion dollars out of thin air, and then blow it up? Paul Wilmott, a quantitative finance expert, says you have a structural problem. He should know; he is the author of various academic and practitioner texts on q…
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  • !USA Is Smashing Its Clean Energy Targets
    Renewable energy infrastructure is expanding at a much faster rate than was thought possible ten years ago. Predictions made in 2006 for installed solar was a massive 4,813% shy of reality in 2016. The U.S now installed wind capacity of 82 gigawatt…
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  • !10 Tuesday AM Reads
    My two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • Japan’s Back, Baby (Institutional Investor) • The Crash of ’87, From the Wall Street Players Who Lived It (Bloomberg) see also Echoes of the Black Monday (BloombergView) • Funds That Can Put Yo…
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  • !Economic Might by U.S. Metro Area
    Very cool graphic showing the structural economic strength by region: The U.S. economy is massive on a global scale, and much of the country’s economic capabilities can be traced back to the innovation, knowledge, and productivity that tends to b…
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  • !Leverage in the small and in the large
    The post Leverage in the small and in the large appeared first on The Big Picture.
    - 11 hours ago 17 Oct 17, 9:00am -

Kaggle - No Free Hunch

  • !Planet: Understanding the Amazon from Space, 1st Place Winner's Interview
    In our recent Planet: Understanding the Amazon from Space competition, Planet challenged the Kaggle community to label satellite images from the Amazon basin, in order to better track and understand causes of deforestation. The competition contained…
    - 1 hour ago 17 Oct 17, 6:45pm -
  • Data Science 101: Sentiment Analysis in R Tutorial
    Welcome back to Data Science 101! Do you have text data? Do you want to figure out whether the opinions expressed in it are positive or negative? Then you've come to the right place! Today, we're going to get you up to speed on sentiment analysis. By…
    - 12 days ago 5 Oct 17, 4:34pm -
  • Product Launch: Amped up Kernels Resources + Code Tips & Hidden Cells
    Kaggle’s kernels focused engineering team has been working hard to make our coding environment one that you want to use for all of your side projects. We’re excited to announce a host of new changes that we believe make Kernels the default plac…
    - 26 days ago 21 Sep 17, 10:37pm -
  • Instacart Market Basket Analysis, Winner's Interview: 2nd place, Kazuki Onodera
    Our recent Instacart Market Basket Analysis competition challenged Kagglers to predict which grocery products an Instacart consumer will purchase again and when. Imagine, for example, having milk ready to be added to your cart right when you run out,…
    - 26 days ago 21 Sep 17, 7:29pm -
  • Data Notes: Back to school tutorial Kernels + Datasets Awards
    For many Kagglers, the academic year is getting started which means brushing up on coding skills, learning new machine learning techniques, and finding the right datasets for class projects. In this month's Data Notes, we highlight new features like…
    - 27 days ago 20 Sep 17, 8:48pm -