• !The 18 (!) Governorships Democrats Could Pick Up This Year
    If the much-ballyhooed “blue wave” does materialize this fall, it could be Republican governors who suffer the most losses. The other day, we ran down the seven governorships held by Democrats or independents that could fall to the GOP in Novembe…
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  • !It’s One Thing For Trump To Like Uranium. It’s Another For Him To Save It.
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A mining industry is trapped in a state of slow economic decline and looks to the Trump administration to reverse its fortunes. That could be the lead-in to a story about coal — an industry the administrat…
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  • !Putin’s Russia Just Can’t Seem To Win Olympic Hockey Gold
    What do Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Bure, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have in common? They’re all infinitely gifted hockey men from Russia — who’ve never won a gold medal at the Olympics. In fact, no Russian men’s…
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  • !Significant Digits For Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 36 to 71 The Florida House voted down by a vote of 36 to 71 a procedural move to allow the body to even consider banning assault rifles and large capacity maga…
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  • Does America Want A Third Party? (Or Is It Just David Brooks?)
    Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Greetings, people. Today we’re going to have a super nice and respectful chat about a recent column from David…
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Andrew Gelman

NYTimes - The UpShot

Simply Statistics

  • What do Fahrenheit, comma separated files, and markdown have in common?
    Anil Dash asked people what their favorite file format was. David Robinson replied:CSV is similar to Markdown. No one global standard (though there are attempts) but a damn good attempt at "Whatever humans think it is at a glance, they're probably r…
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  • Some datasets for teaching data science
    In this post I describe the dslabs package, which contains some datasets that I use in my data science courses.A much discussed topic in stats education is that computing should play a more prominent role in the curriculum. I strongly agree, but I t…
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  • A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2017
    Editor’s note: For the last few years I have made a list of awesome things that other people did (2016,2015, 2014, 2013). Like in previous years I’m making a list, again right off the top of my head. If you know of some, you should make your own…
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  • Thoughts on David Donoho’s "Fifty Years of Data Science"
    Note: This post was originally published as part of a collection of discussion pieces on David Donoho’s paper. The original paper and collection of discussions can be found at the JCGS web site.Professor Donoho’s commentary comes at a perfect t…
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  • How Do Machines Learn?
    I like all of CGP Grey’s videos but most of them have to do with voting systems and so aren’t really relevant to this blog. But his latest video titled “How Do Machines Learn?” is highly relevant and I thought very well done. That said, altho…
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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…
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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…
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  • 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…
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The Big Picture

  • !Hidden Brain: The Rich Are Different . . .
    This is utterly fascinating. Stay with it, towards the second half about how laws are — quite literally –different for the wealthy:   What’s It Like To Be Rich? Ask The People Who Manage Billionaires’ Money Source: NPR   See also: Capital…
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  • !Entrepreneurship and State Taxation
    The post Entrepreneurship and State Taxation appeared first on The Big Picture.
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  • !Here’s $100 Billion: Solve the Opioid Crisis
    click for interactive graphic Source: The Upshot   Fascinating: The consensus of the experts was that any effective strategy should include funding for four major areas: treatment, harm reduction, and both demand- and supply-focused solutions. The a…
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  • !Small Business Sentiment is Noisy, Unhelpful
    Small-Business Sentiment Is No Help to Investors Surveys of how entrepreneurs are feeling have proven to be of little value. Bloomberg, February 21, 2018.     President Donald Trump took a brief break from tweeting about Russian electoral interfere…
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  • !10 Wednesday AM Reads
    My midweek morning train reads: •  Sonos CEO Patrick Spence on how Sonos is contending with competitors Amazon, Google and Apple (Recode) • Long Before U.S. Election, Russian Trolls Were Spreading  Disinformation (Wall Street Journal) see als…
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Kaggle - No Free Hunch

  • A Brief Summary of the Kaggle Text Normalization Challenge
    This post is written by Richard Sproat & Kyle Gorman from Google's Speech & Language Algorithms Team. They hosted the recent, Text Normalization Challenges. Bios below. Now that the Kaggle Text Normalization Challenges for English and Russian are ov…
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  • Our Final Kaggle Dataset Publishing Awards Winners' Interviews (November 2017 and December 2017)
    As we move into 2018, the monthly Datasets Publishing Awards has concluded. We're pleased to have recognized many publishers of high-quality, original, and impactful datasets. It was only a little over a year ago that we opened up our public Datasets…
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  • Reviewing 2017 and Previewing 2018
    2017 was a huge year for Kaggle. Aside from joining Google, it also marks the year that our community expanded from being primarily focused on machine learning competitions to a broader data science and machine learning platform. This year our public…
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  • An Intuitive Introduction to Generative Adversarial Networks
    This article was jointly written by Keshav Dhandhania and Arash Delijani, bios below. In this article, I’ll talk about Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs for short. GANs are one of the very few machine learning techniques which has given good…
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  • Mercedes-Benz Greener Masking Challenge Masking Challenge–1st Place Winner's Interview
    To ensure the safety and reliability of each and every unique car configuration before they hit the road, Daimler’s engineers have developed a robust testing system. But, optimizing the speed of their testing system for so many possible feature com…
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