FiveThirtyEight

  • !Significant Digits For Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1 team North Korea and South Korea will field one unified Korean women’s hockey team at the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North Korea w…
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  • !There’s Been A Massive Shift To The Right In The Immigration Debate
    President Trump’s disparaging comments in an Oval Office meeting last week about Haiti and “shithole” (or “shithouse”) African countries felt like the immigration debate had reached a new place. It has — but not just because of that meeti…
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  • !The Patriots’ Super Bowl Path Is The Easiest In Modern NFL History
    On Sunday, the New England Patriots will make their 12th AFC Championship Game appearance under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the legendary coach/QB combo will be gunning for a record eighth Super Bowl appearance together against the Jacksonville…
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  • !Democrats Probably Won’t Force A Shutdown Over DACA
    Liberal activists and some congressional Democrats want the party to oppose any government funding bill that does not address DACA — even if that leads to a government shutdown. But the party can’t actually block a funding bill unless basically a…
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  • Significant Digits For Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 13.5 percent Cape Town, South Africa, has fewer than 90 days left of water in its reservoirs. It’s projected that by April 22 the city will have to shut down…
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Simply Statistics

  • 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…
    - 30 days ago 20 Dec 17, 12:00am -
  • 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…
    - 31 days ago 19 Dec 17, 12:00am -
  • Puerto Rico's governor wants recount of hurricane death toll
    A quick followup to Rafa’s analysis of the death toll from Hurricane Maria, from Axios:Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló ordered a recount Monday of every death on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, as evidence…
    - 31 days ago 19 Dec 17, 12:00am -
  • Data Analysis and Engagement - Does Caring About the Analysis Matter?
    Sometimes, when you’re recording a podcast, it’s actually difficult to listen. That’s because while you’re recording you’re monitoring the network lag, the sound levels, the show notes, and the outline. On some episodes I’m just barely ha…
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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.
    - 22 Jul 16, 6:16pm -
  • 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 -

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The Big Picture

  • !10 Thursday AM Reads
    My annual offsite morning train reads: • Parabolic Move Don’t End By Going Sideways (Macro Tourist) see also S&P 500 Must Drop 50% For Permabears To Break Even (Price Action Lab) • The Apple Cash FAQ (Asymco) • After All the Talk About a…
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  • !Vanguard Chairman McNabb: Hold Balanced Portfolios
    Vanguard’s Chairman Sees Muted Decade for Stocks After Long Rally Source: Bloomberg  The post Vanguard Chairman McNabb: Hold Balanced Portfolios appeared first on The Big Picture.
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  • !How do firms adjust to rises in the minimum wage?
    The post How do firms adjust to rises in the minimum wage? appeared first on The Big Picture.
    - 4 hours ago 18 Jan 18, 10:00am -
  • !What Will the Tax Bill Be on Sheltered Offshore Profits
    How the Tax Law Will Affect U.S. Firms Bringing Overseas Money Home click for interactive graphic Source: Wall Street JournalThe post What Will the Tax Bill Be on Sheltered Offshore Profits appeared first on The Big Picture.
    - 22 hours ago 17 Jan 18, 3:30pm -
  • 10 Wednesday AM Reads
    My midweek morning train reads: • No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore (Bloomberg View) • Follow the Money (Of Dollars And Data) • The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon: A few technology giants dominate their worlds just…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 18, 1:20pm -

Kaggle - No Free Hunch

  • 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…
    - 21 days ago 28 Dec 17, 9:30am -
  • Your Year on Kaggle: Most Memorable Community Stats from 2017
    2017 has been an exciting ride for us, and like last year, we'd love to enter the new year sharing and celebrating some of your highlights through stats. There are major machine learning trends, impressive achievements, and fun factoids that all…
    - 23 days ago 26 Dec 17, 11:52am -
  • Carvana Image Masking Challenge–1st Place Winner's Interview
    This year, Carvana, a successful online used car startup, challenged the Kaggle community to develop an algorithm that automatically removes the photo studio background. This would allow Carvana to superimpose cars on a variety of backgrounds. In th…
    - 27 days ago 22 Dec 17, 5:00pm -
  • Introduction To Neural Networks Part 2 - A Worked Example
    This tutorial was originally posted here on Ben's blog, GormAnalysis. The purpose of this article is to hold your hand through the process of designing and training a neural network. Note that this article is Part 2 of Introduction to Neural Net…
    - 43 days ago 6 Dec 17, 6:03pm -
  • Introduction To Neural Networks
    This tutorial was originally posted here on Ben's blog, GormAnalysis. Artificial Neural Networks are all the rage. One has to wonder if the catchy name played a role in the model’s own marketing and adoption. I’ve seen business managers giddy…
    - 52 days ago 28 Nov 17, 12:58am -