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Statistics forum

March 21, 2011
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Statistics forum

The ASA is launching a new blog called the Statistics Forum, managed by Andrew Gelman and to which I will periodically contribute items that may induce some amount of discussion within the community, like the first entry by Michael Lavine on testing. (Meaning I will double-post on the Og and on the Statistics Forum, if

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Looking at the "Curse of Dimensionality" with R, foreach, and lattice

March 20, 2011
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Looking at the "Curse of Dimensionality" with R, foreach, and  lattice

Here are the results of a "Curse of Dimensionality" homework assignment for Terran Lane's Introduction to Machine Learning class. Pretty pictures, interesting results, and a good exercise in explicit parallelism with R. It's neat to see distance scaling linearly with standard deviation, and linearly with the Lth-root...

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Bertand’s paradox [R details]

March 19, 2011
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Bertand’s paradox [R details]

Some may have had reservations about the “randomness” of the straws I plotted to illustrate Bertrand’s paradox. As they were all going North-West/South-East. I had actually made an inversion between cbind and rbind in the R code, which explained for this non-random orientation. Above is the corrected version, which sounds “more random” indeed. (And using

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Parallel computation [revised]

March 14, 2011
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Parallel computation [revised]

We have now completed our revision of the parallel computation paper and hope to send it to JCGS within a few days. As seen on the arXiv version, and given the very positive reviews we received, the changes are minor, mostly focusing on the explanation of the principle and on the argument that it comes

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A new series of mishaps

March 12, 2011
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A new series of mishaps

Following the slight difficulties of last week, I had a hard week on the computer front: indeed, on Monday, I received my 2007 macbook from the repair shop, with a new video card, courtesy of Apple. Unfortunately, this started a series of problems. First, the old macbook stopped recognizing the NVIDIA video and, while it

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Special issue of TOMACS

March 9, 2011
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Special issue of TOMACS

TOMACS (ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation) is launching a call for paper submission. The special topic is Monte Carlo Methods in Statistics and Arnaud Doucet and myself are the special issue editors. Here are the details.: Over the last two decades Monte Carlo methods have attracted much attention from statisticians as they provide

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cut&paste typo in R book

March 2, 2011
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cut&paste typo in R book

A casualty of cut-and-paste in Chapter 3 of Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R. Brad McNeney from Simon Fraser sent me a nice email about the end of Example 3.6 missing a marginal estimate. Indeed, it does. And it should have been obvious from the “estimates” we derived, 19 and 16, which are not even

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Surprising sudoku

March 1, 2011
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Surprising sudoku

> printSudoku(z) +-------+-------+-------+ |   9   |       | 7   5 | |     6 |       |   9   | | 4 5 3 | 1 7   | 2 8   | +-------+-------+-------+ |     5 |     7 |   6   | | 1   9 | 6 8   |       | |   8   |   3   |     1 | +-------+-------+-------+ | 7   2 |

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snow and ssh — secure inter-machine parallelism with R

February 24, 2011
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I just threw a post up on Revolutions, which got a lot longer than I planned. And got me thinking. And reading (see refs in previous post). And trying. Turns out that it was way easier than I thought! The problem:From the blog post: " OpenSSH is now available on all platforms. A sensible solution...

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Statistics and Computing and ABC

February 23, 2011
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Statistics and Computing and ABC

Statistics and Computing has received several papers on ABC and plans to make a special ABC issue out of these. All submissions prior to June 2011 that will be accepted will be published in this special issue. The special issue is identified as an article type on the on-line page. In case of questions or

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