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Criticism 4 of NHST: No Mechanism for Producing Substantive Cumulative Knowledge

May 18, 2012
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In this fourth part of my series of criticisms of NHST, I’m going to focus on broad

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Criticism 3 of NHST: Essential Information is Lost When Transforming 2D Data into a 1D Measure

May 14, 2012
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Criticism 3 of NHST: Essential Information is Lost When Transforming 2D Data into a 1D Measure

Introduction Continuing on with my series on the weaknesses of NHST, I’d like to focus on an issue that’s not specific to NHST, but rather one that’s relevant to all quantitative analysis: the destruction caused by an inappropriate reduction of dimensionality. In our case, we’ll be concerned with the loss of essential information caused by

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Criticism 2 of NHST: NHST Conflates Rare Events with Evidence Against the Null Hypothesis

May 12, 2012
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Introduction This is my second post in a series describing the weaknesses of the NHST paradigm. In the first post, I argued that NHST is a dangerous tool for a community of researchers because p-values cannot be interpreted properly without perfect knowledge of the research practices of other scientists — knowledge that we cannot hope

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Speeding up R with Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL)

May 2, 2012
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Speeding up R with Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL)

I did some comparisons of the generic BLAS with Intel's MKL (both sequential and parallel) on a Dell PowerEdge 610 server with dual hyperthreading 6-core 3.06GHz Xeon X5675 processors.  Here are the results from an R benchmarking script (Normal R ...

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Insights into Quantile Regression from Arthur Charpentier

April 24, 2012
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Insights into Quantile Regression from Arthur Charpentier

At this Monday’s Montreal R User Group meeting, Arthur Charpentier gave an interesting talk on the subject of quantile regression. One of the main messages I took away from the workshop was that quantile regression can be used to determine if extreme events are becoming more extreme. The example given was hurricane intensity since 1978.

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Earthquakes

November 30, 2011
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Earthquakes

> data(quakes)> head(quakes) lat long depth mag stations1 -20.42 181.62 562 4.8 412 -20.62 181.03 650 4.2 153 -26.00 184.10 42 5.4 434 -17.97 181.66 626...

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Lambert’s W function and the generalised logarithm

November 16, 2011
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Lambert’s W function and the generalised logarithm

Yesterday I ran into an equation that was a sum of an exponential and a linear term: It doesn’t take long to figure out that there is no analytical solution, and so I set out to write some crappy numerical code. After wasting some time with a fixed point iteration that did not really work,

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Copulas made easy

October 28, 2011
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Copulas made easy

Everyday, a poor soul tries to understand copulas by reading the corresponding Wikipedia page, and gives up in despair. The incomprehensible mess that one finds there gives the impression that copulas are about as accessible as tensor theory, which is a shame, because they are actually a very nice tool. The only prerequisite is knowing

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No lake is an island: PhD Opportunity

June 14, 2011
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No lake is an island: PhD Opportunity

NERC recently funded the formation of the UK Lake Ecological Observation Network (UKLEON) as part of the its Networks of Sensors programme. UKLEON is lead by Ian Jones at CEH Lancaster. A fully-funded PhD project is associated with the UKLEON … Continue reading →

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Additive modelling and the HadCRUT3v global mean temperature series

June 12, 2011
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Additive modelling and the HadCRUT3v global mean temperature series

Earlier, I looked at the HadCRUT3vgl data set using generalized least squares to investigate whether the trend in temperature since 1995 was statistically significant. Here I want to follow-up one of the points from the earlier posting; namely using a … Continue reading →

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