I am writing way too many posts in a row on Google tools. I promise I will think about something else soon. I find amusing the possibility to launch a search in Google images by just dragging a picture into … Continue reading →

Just what is Data Science, anyway? Here's one take: Ever since the term "Data Scientist" was coined by DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacker in 2009, there's been a vigorous debate on what the team actually means. More than 80% of statisticians consider themselves data scientists, but Data Science is more than just Statistics. (My own take is that Data...

Pierre Pudlo and I worked this morning on a distribution related to philogenic trees and got stuck on the following Bessel integral where In is the modified Bessel function of the first kind. We could not find better than formula 6.611(4) in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik. which is for a=0… Anyone in for a closed form

Looks like there's been a lot of activity in the R user community in the Northern hemisphere now that the summer break is over. I've just added several new groups to the Local R User Group Directory: Tokyo, Japan: The Tokyo.R R study group has already had 17 meetings, but has just been added to the directory. Shanghai/East China:...

Although this was only a half-day of talks, the third day of the workshop was equally thought-challenging and diverse. (I managed to miss the ten first minutes by taking a Line 3 train to 125th street, having overlooked the earlier split from Line 1… Crossing south Harlem on a Sunday morning is a fairly mild

Barry Rowlingson gave an interesting talk at UseR 2011, “Why R-help must die!” He suggested the Q-and-A type sites Stack Overflow (on programming) and Cross Validated (on statistics), both part of Stack Exchange. An interesting feature of these sites is that, in addition to voting up and down on the questions and answers, one accrues

Teacher: “How variable is your estimate of the mean?” Student: “Uhhh, it’s not. I took a sample and calculated the sample mean. I only have one number.” Teacher: “Yes, but what is the standard deviation of sample means?” Student: “What do you mean means, I only have the one friggin number.” Statisticians have a habit