Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

useR 2012: impressions, tutorials

June 19, 2012
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useR 2012: impressions, tutorials

First of all, useR 2012 (the 8th International R User Conference) was, hands down, the best-organized conference I’ve had the luck to attend. The session chairs kept everything moving on time, tactfully but sternly; the catering was delicious and varied; … Continue reading →

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Radical Education Reform? Think Bigger.

April 2, 2012
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“My job is to teach you how to think.” –Hugh Young A few days ago John Naughton published an article summarizing his manifesto on how to reform computer science education. I agree computer science education is in need of drastic...

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Stats 101 resources

March 9, 2012
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Stats 101 resources

A few friends have asked for self-study resources on learning (or brushing up on) basic statistics. I plan to keep updating this post as I find more good suggestions. Of course the ideal case is to have a good teacher … Continue reading →

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How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

March 7, 2012
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How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

If I google for “probability distribution” I find the following extremely bad picture: It’s bad because it conflates ideas and oversimplifies how variable probability distributions can generally be. Most distributions are not unimodal. Most dist...

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Statistics project ideas for students

February 29, 2012
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Here are a few ideas that might make for interesting student projects at all levels (from high-school to graduate school). I’d welcome ideas/suggestions/additions to the list as well. All of these ideas depend on free or scraped data, which means tha...

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Separation of degrees

January 20, 2012
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Separation of degrees

Scientific American has a short article on trends in undergraduate degrees over the past 20 years, illustrated with a great infographic by Nathan Yau. As a big fan of STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education, I was pleased to … Continue reading →

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Spinner Doctor

November 17, 2011
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Spinner Doctor

The setup Dan Meyer, a (former?) math teacher with some extraordinary ideas, has a nifty concept for teaching expected values: “So one month before our formal discussion of expected value, I’d print out this image, tack a spinner to it, … Continue reading →

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Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers?…

August 31, 2011
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Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying. I can sa...

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Relationship Between SAT & College Retention

January 21, 2011
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Relationship Between SAT & College Retention

Here is a quick analysis of the relationship between SAT score and student retention. The data is from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and analyzed using R. This was a quick analysis and would be careful about making any strong conclusions. The source for running this analysis along with some additional graphics that

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Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by…

January 15, 2011
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Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by…

Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by numbering the corners of a 4-cube. First realize that the eight corners of a cube can be numbered “in binary” 000—001–010–100—110–101–011—111. Just like the four corners of ...

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