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Date of death, birthday and Elvis Presley

June 18, 2012
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Date of death, birthday and Elvis Presley

10 days ago, a study published on http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/ mentioned that "Death has a preference for birthdays" (as claimed in the title). The conclusion of the paper is that, in general, birthdays do not evoke a postponement mechanism...

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the birthday problem [X'idated]

February 1, 2012
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the birthday problem [X'idated]

The birthday problem (i.e. looking at the distribution of the birthdates in a group of n persons, assuming a uniform distribution of the calendar dates of those birthdates) is always a source of puzzlement ! For instance, here is a recent post on Cross Validated: I have 360 friends on facebook, and, as

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Typo in Chapter 5

September 9, 2010
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Typo in Chapter 5

Gilles Guillot from Technical University of Denmark taught a course based on our R book and he pointed out to me several typos in Chapter 5 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”: p.137 second equation from bottom should be p. 138  Example 5.7 denominator in the gradient should be

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