FiveThirtyEight

  • !How The Thunder Can Become A Dream Team
    Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 22, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle take a look at how the recent injury to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap will affect the team. Millsap will reportedly have sur…
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  • Detroit And Minnesota Are Saving Thanksgiving Football This Year
    This year’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is … not great. Only the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings has some juice to it. As you’ll see in the video above, that’s surprising! The Lions are usually the team holding Thanks…
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  • The Thunder’s Problems Are Fixable
    We’re only one-fifth of the way through the NBA season, but for those of you scoring at home, the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks — teams that acknowledged they’d be rebuilding after failing to make it work with their all-star forwards — h…
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  • Significant Digits For Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 (Thanksgiving Edition!)
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be off until Monday. About 1 pound Holiday weight gain isn’t as bad as you’ve been told. Research has found that people, on ave…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 3:41pm -
  • Good News, Browns: Your Chances Of Making The Playoffs Are 1 In 19 Quintillion
    For a brief moment there on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns’ 2017 season appeared to be lost. The team was defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars, moving its record to 0-10. Considering that no team has ever made the NFL playoffs with 10 losses, the res…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 2:04pm -

Andrew Gelman

  • !Stan is a probabilistic programming language
    See here: Stan: A Probabilistic Programming Language. Journal of Statistical Software. (Bob Carpenter, Andrew Gelman, Matthew D. Hoffman, Daniel Lee, Ben Goodrich, Michael Betancourt, Marcus Brubaker, Jiqiang Guo, Peter Li, Allen Riddell) And here: S…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 2:29pm -
  • Teeth are the only bones that show
    “I lived in the country where the dead wood aches, in a house made of stone and a thousand mistakes” – The Drones Sometimes it’s cold and grey and Canadian outside and the procrastination hits hard. Sometimes, in those dark moments, one is te…
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  • Wine + Stan + Climate change = ?
    Pablo Almaraz writes: Recently, I published a paper in the journal Climate Research in which I used RStan to conduct the statistical analyses: Almaraz P (2015) Bordeaux wine quality and climate fluctuations during the last century: changing temperatu…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 2:24pm -
  • We start by talking reproducible research, then we drift to a discussion of voter turnout
    Emil Kirkegaard writes: Regarding data sharing, you recently commented that “In future perhaps journals will require all data to be posted as a condition of publication and then this sort of thing won’t happen anymore.” We went a step further.…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 2:12pm -
  • Custom Distribution Solutions
    I (Aki) recently made a case study that demonstrates how to implement user defined probability functions in Stan language (case study, git repo). As an example I use the generalized Pareto distribution (GPD) to model extreme values of geomagnetic sto…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 17, 9:55am -

NYTimes - The UpShot

Vox.com

  • !Human rights group says repatriating Rohingya to Myanmar is “Unthinkable” while Rohingya remain unsafe
    Over 620,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a brutal crackdown at the hands of the Myanmar military since August. One day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finally labeled the brutal treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “ethnic cleansing,”…
    - 6 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 7:15pm -
  • !Laura Ingalls Wilder only had one good Thanksgiving in the Little House books
    In all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s immortal Little House books, there are only two Thanksgiving scenes. That seems wrong; the Little House books are obsessed with food and patriotism, and what is Thanksgiving but our national excuse to indulge in bo…
    - 10 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 3:10pm -
  • !Let’s obliterate the myth that humans have a bad sense of smell
    Humans have excellent olfaction and can smell more than a trillion odors. Humans are the superior animal on planet Earth. We have huge brains that allow us to build skyscrapers and come up with dazzling inventions like pizza and the internet. We’r…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 2:14pm -
  • !Delhi's off-the-charts smog, explained
    Breathing in Delhi this month was like smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Delhi has earned the unenviable distinction of becoming the most polluted city on Earth this month, as air quality has reached epically bad proportions, prompting some residents to f…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 2:14pm -
  • !“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse
    Talking with a political opponent is almost as unpleasant as getting a tooth pulled. If you ever thought, “You couldn’t pay me to listen to Sean Hannity / Rachael Maddow / insert any television pundit you violently disagree with here” — you a…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 2:05pm -

Simply Statistics

  • A few things that would reduce stress around reproducibility/replicability in science
    I was listening to the Effort Report Episode on The Messy Execution of Reproducible Research where they were discussing the piece about Amy Cuddy in the New York Times. I think both the article and the podcast did a good job of discussing the nuances…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • Follow Up on Reasoning About Data
    Sometimes, when I write a really long blog post, I forget what the point was at the end. I suppose I could just update the previous post…but that feels wrong for some reason.I meant to make one final point in my last post about how better data an…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • Reasoning About Data
    In my ongoing discussion in my mind about what makes for a good data analysis, one of the ideas that keeps coming back to me is this notion of being able to “reason about the data”. The idea here is that it’s important that a data analysis allo…
    - 8 days ago 16 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • How do you convince other people to use R?
    I just got back from the rOpenSci OzUnconf that was run in Melbourne last week. I’d like to give a big thanks to the organizers (Nick Tierney, Di Cook, Rob Hyndman and others) for putting on a great unconference. These events are always a great opp…
    - 25 days ago 30 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • 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…
    - 46 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:00am -

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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • !Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State
    Source: The UpshotThe post Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State appeared first on The Big Picture.
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  • !Experiential Retail
    Brick-and-mortar store closures could result in one billion square feet of empty retail space. From modern art installations to stores with nothing for sale, a look at how brands are attempting to fill the void. The Rise of Experiential Retail Source…
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  • !Stores Not Open Thanksgiving Day 2017
    Kudos to all o the following companies for not being jerks to their employees, and tempting their clients with nonsensical sales:   Source: The Black FridayThe post Stores Not Open Thanksgiving Day 2017 appeared first on The Big Picture.…
    - 10 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 3:30pm -
  • !10 Thanksgiving Day Reads
    Its Turkey Day! Before the tryptophan kick in, enjoy our morning train reads: • Not Sure What to Be Grateful For? Try These Ideas (BloombergView) • The Emerging Markets Performance Cycle (Wealth of Common Sense) • Which tech companies beat…
    - 14 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 12:00pm -
  • !Animal Spirits: AQR, IPOs & 447 Market Anomalies
    Mike and Ben chat about some of the latest news.        The post Animal Spirits: AQR, IPOs & 447 Market Anomalies appeared first on The Big Picture.
    - 15 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 11:00am -

Kaggle - No Free Hunch

  • Introducing Data Science for Good Events on Kaggle
    Today, we’re excited to announce Kaggle’s Data Science for Good program! We’re launching the Data Science for Good program to enable the Kaggle community to come together and make significant contributions to tough social good problems with dat…
    - 7 days ago 16 Nov 17, 6:25pm -
  • Product Launch: Increased Dataset Resources
    Today we’re pleased to announce a 20x increase to the size limit of datasets you can share on Kaggle Datasets for free! At Kaggle, we’ve seen time and again how open, high quality datasets are the catalysts for scientific progress–and we’re s…
    - 8 days ago 15 Nov 17, 5:42pm -
  • Introducing Kaggle’s State of Data Science & Machine Learning Report, 2017
    In 2017 we conducted our first ever extra-large, industry-wide survey to captured the state of data science and machine learning. As the data science field booms, so has our community. In 2017 we hit a new milestone of reaching over 1M registered dat…
    - 24 days ago 30 Oct 17, 4:04pm -
  • September Kaggle Dataset Publishing Awards Winners' Interview
    This interview features the stories and backgrounds of our $10,000 Datasets Publishing Award's September winners–Khuram Zaman, Mitchell J, and Dave Fisher-Hickey. If you're inspired to publish your own datasets on Kaggle and vie for next month's pr…
    - 29 days ago 25 Oct 17, 5:28pm -
  • 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…
    - 37 days ago 17 Oct 17, 6:45pm -