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Social Media Mining and Bioinformatics (with R)

August 5, 2014
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Social Media Mining and Bioinformatics (with R)

In June and July, I receive copies of two books, Social Media Mining with R, by Nathan Danneman and Richard Heimann Bioinformatics with R Cookbook, by Paurush Praveen Sinha For the first one, two recent interesting books deal with the same topic. Reza Zafarani, Mohammad Ali Abbasi and Huan Liu published last year Social Media Mining: An Introduction. Actually, the book can...

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Men set to live as long as women by 2010?

August 3, 2014
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Men set to live as long as women by 2010?

A few months ago, in Men set to live as long as women, figures show, it was mentioned that (in the U.K.) the gap between male and female life expectancy is closing and men could catch up by 2030, according to an adviser for the Office for National Statistics. (the slides are available online http://cass.city.ac.uk/…). I don’t really know U.K. demography,...

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The odds of a cluster of airplane accidents

August 2, 2014
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The odds of a cluster of airplane accidents

Recently, there have been a lot of airplane accidents. July, 17th 2014, Hrabove, Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines, Boeing 777, fatalities 298 (/298) July, 23rd 2014, Magong, Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, ATR 72-500, fatalities 47 (/58) July, 24th 2014, Aguelhok, Mali, Air Algerie, Mc Donnell Douglas MD-83, fatalities 116 (/116) It is simple to find a lot of datasets about airplane crashes....

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The Pay-for-Performance Myth

July 28, 2014
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The Pay-for-Performance Myth

Last week, Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi published an interesting article on “The Pay-for-Performance Myth” With all the public chatter about exorbitant executive compensation and income inequality, it’s useful to look at the relationship between chief executive officer pay and corporate performance. Typically, when the subject of their big pay packages arises, CEOs—usually through their spokespeople—say they are paid for...

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Cigarette and life expectancy

July 28, 2014
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Cigarette and life expectancy

Yesterday evening, I uploaded a graph, with the labor productivity as a function of coffee consumption. Of course, it was for fun ! With this kind of regression, base on aggregated data, we can say almost anything, since most of them are correlated because of some (hidden) common factor, such as the wealth of the country. For instance, with...

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Coffee and Productivity

July 27, 2014
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Coffee and Productivity

On Twitter, I was asked if there were serious research papers published on coffee consumption and labour productivity. There are some papers on coffee breaks and productivity, e.g. Productivity Through Coffee Breaks, but I could not find anything on coffee consumptions. Since I could not find any dataset with personal consumption (maybe I should start keeping tracks of my own consumption...

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Income distribution and Tour de France

July 21, 2014
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A few days ago, Jean-François Mignot published an interesting article entitled Tour de France 2014 : pourquoi le vainqueur gagne 100 fois plus que le 10e. In this article, we have the following graph, with the income of the cyclist, as a function of his final ranking (the data where downloaded from http://sportbuzzbusiness.fr/) > bike=read.csv( + "http://freakonometrics.free.fr/tourdefrance.csv", + sep=";",header=TRUE,dec=" ") >...

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Bayesian Wizardry for Muggles

July 11, 2014
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Monday, I will be giving the closing talk of the R in Insurance Conference, in London, on Bayesian Computations for Actuaries, as to be more specific, Getting into Bayesian Wizardry… (with the eyes of a muggle actuary). The animated version of the slides (since we will spend some time on MCMC algorithm, I thought that animated graphs could be...

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Statistics, and the Goldilocks Principle

June 26, 2014
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By the end of May, in Toronto, we had that great talk at the SSC by Jeff Rosenthal, on monte carlo techniques, and Jeff mention the name of “the Goldilocks principle” (it was in the contect of MCMC, and I did mention it in my talk in London on MCMC, when I discussed the value of the rejection rate...

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Conditional Distributions from some Elliptical Vectors

June 18, 2014
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Conditional Distributions from some Elliptical Vectors

This winter, in my ACT8595 course, I asked my students (that was some homework) to prove that it was possible to derive the conditional distribution when we have a Student-t random vector (and to get the analytical expression of the later). But before, let us recall a standard result about the Gaussian vector. If  is a Gaussian random vector, i.e. then  has a...

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