# Blog Archives

## Generalized Pairs Plot: It’s about time!

March 28, 2013
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JW Emerson, WA Green, B Schloerke, J Crowley, D Cook, H Hofmann, H Wickham (2013) The Generalized Pairs Plot. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 22(1). Here's a free preprint version. Until this new paper and implementation by Emerson et al., there were no widely available pairs plots that accommodated both numerical and categorical fields.

## Simulated Power/Precision Analysis

February 21, 2013
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I cringe when I see research proposals that describe a sophisticated statistical approach, yet do not evaluate this approach in their power/precision/sample size planning. It's often the case that a simplified version of the proposed statistical approach is used instead. Presumably, this is due to the limited availability of power/precision/sample size planning software for sophisticated

## Breakthroughs in the sas7bdat Reverse Engineering Effort

November 3, 2012
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Due largely to the work of Clint Cummins, the sas7bdat file format has become a bit less shrouded. In particular, we now know the following: how to detect files with compressed data (and fail graciously) more details about the platform that generated the file (e.g., endianess, OS details) how to read files that were generated

## Revised graph for BAC 1% cash rewards

October 9, 2012
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Thanks to Anthony Damico who alerted me to an error in the Bank of America's 1% cash rewards figure in my last post. The plot shows the true reward percentage as a function of purchase amount. A key "feature" of the BoA reward program is that the full 1% is only awarded for purchases in

## Bank of America 1% Cash Rewards Aren’t Really 1%

August 14, 2012
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Bank of America (BoA) has a "Cash Rewards" credit card that pays "1% cash back everywhere, every time"1. But if you read the fine print, it's clear that the reward is almost always less than 1%. Here's the relevant sentence from the terms and conditions2: Fractions are truncated at the 100th decimal place, and are

## Bayesian credible intervals in the mainstream medical literature

June 29, 2012
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I have sometimes heard complaints from collaborators that it will be impossible to have their work published in the mainstream literature unless a p-value is reported. This post is to report yet another counterexample that was recently published; a meta-analysis for the odds of perioperative bleeding complications in patients taking one of several anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs.

## Update: Parameters as Population Quantities

May 16, 2012
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Some time ago, I had an ineloquent and less-than-cordial online discussion with a commenter on this site, partially about how statisticians define the term "parameter". This post is just to quote a relevant passage from "Bootstrap Methods and Their Application", by Davison and Hinkley (1997), that better articulates a point I had made earlier. 2.1.1

## useR! 2012 Deadlines Approaching: Registration, Hotels, Student Scholarships

April 5, 2012
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Forwarded from Frank Harrell: DEADLINES FAST APPROACHING – 8th Annual International R User Conference useR! 2012, Nashville, Tennessee USA Registration Deadlines: Early Registration: Passed Regular Registration: Mar 1- May 12 Late Registration: May 13 – June 4 On-Site Registration: June 12 – June 15 Please note: Nashville is offering several large entertainment events the month

## Resampling Hierarchically Structured Data Recursively

April 4, 2012
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That's a mouthful! I presented this topic to a group of Vandy statisticians a few days ago. My notes (essentially reproduced in this post) are recorded at the Dept. of Biostatistics wiki: HowToBootstrapCorrelatedData. The presentation covers some bootstrap strategies for hierarchically structured (correlated) data, but focuses on the multi-stage bootstrap; an extension of that described

## useR! 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline Today!

March 12, 2012
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useR! 2012 is just around the corner. The deadline for talk and poster abstract submissions is today! Submit your abstract here.

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