Monthly Archives: July 2011

Twitter Math Puzzle and Solution

July 7, 2011
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Yesterday I posted a very simple math puzzle to Twitter that I found in Jonathan Baron’s book, Thinking and Deciding. The puzzle is the following: Show that every number of the form ABC,ABC is divisible by 13. The puzzle comes up in Baron’s book as an example of an “insight problem” in which one goes

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Twitter Math Puzzle and Solution

July 7, 2011
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Yesterday I posted a very simple math puzzle to Twitter that I found in Jonathan Baron’s book, Thinking and Deciding. The puzzle is the following: Show that every number of the form ABC,ABC is divisible by 13. The puzzle comes up in Baron’s book as an example of an “insight problem” in which one goes

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R: calculations involving months

July 7, 2011
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R: calculations involving months

Ask anyone how much time has elapsed since September last year and they’ll probably start counting on their fingers: “October, November…” and tell you “just over 9 months.” So, when faced as I was today with a data frame (named dates) like this: How to add a 7th column, with the number of months between

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Things I would tell a budding bioinformatician to learn.

July 7, 2011
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I recently read Ewan Birney's blog post, which I found echoed a lot of my own thoughts about the use of statistical in computational biology. I thought I would compile my own similar list but for bioinformatics  / computational biology in general. I have not been and in the field as long as Ewan and I certainly still...

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Descriptive statistics, causal inference, and story time

July 7, 2011
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Dave Backus points me to this review by anthropologist Mike McGovern of two books by economist Paul Collier on the politics of economic development in Africa. My first reaction was that this was interesting but non-statistical so I’d have to either post it on the sister blog or wait until the 30 days of statistics

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Necessity to Explain CDS with A Regime Switching Model

Necessity to Explain CDS with A Regime Switching Model

Examining the determinants of credit default swap (CDS) spreads is a hot topic, CDS spread has displayed siginificant regime switching behaviour since the break of credit crisis, which can be seen from the old graph in the post Credit Default Spread a...

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Call for a Special Topic on Grid and Cloud Computing Methods in Biomedical Research

Today, the AG Statistical Computing released the “Call for a Special Topic on Grid and Cloud Computing” in the Journal “Methods of Information in Medicine”. We are inviting submissions for a special topic of Methods of Information in Medicine on “Grid and Cloud Computing Methods in Biomedical Research“. This special topic call originates from a

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Use R!

July 7, 2011
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Use R!

In short: R is a free intuitive programming language that is used by practitioners in a plethora of academic disciplines. Therefore, it is on the cutting edge, and expanding rapidly. It creates stunning visuals, works seamlessly together with LaTeX, has really good online documentation and the community is unparalleled. A week...

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Rcpp 0.9.5

A maintenance release version 0.9.5 of Rcpp is now on CRAN and in Debian. This release comprises a number of minor fixes, extensions as well as small additions to the documentation and examples which have accumulated since the last release in Apr...

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Men with Hats

July 6, 2011
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Men with Hats

Suppose N people (and their hats) attend a party (in the 1950s). For fun, the guests mix their hats in a pile at the center of the room, and each person picks a hat uniformly at random. What is the probability that nobody ends up with their own hat?E...

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