Copulas made easy

October 28, 2011 | simonbarthelme

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. ... [Read more...]

No lake is an island: PhD Opportunity

June 14, 2011 | ucfagls

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 → [Read more...]

Global warming since 1995 ‘now significant’

June 11, 2011 | ucfagls

Yesterday (June 11, 2011) the BBC reported on comments by Prof. Phil Jones, of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), University of East Anglia (UEA), that the warming experienced by the planet since 1995 was statistically significant. That the trend in … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Norvig and the Nature of Modern Science

May 27, 2011 | John Myles White

In this, Chomsky is in complete agreement with O’Reilly. (I recognize that the previous sentence would have an extremely low probability in a probabilistic model trained on a newspaper or TV corpus.)1 Anyone who considers themself an intellectual should be required to read this new essay by Peter Norvig. ... [Read more...]

Social contagion? Maybe not…

July 28, 2010 | Michal

Recently there was a lot of racket about results presented in papers by a pair Nicholas Christakis & James Fowler. Their papers gained a lot of attention both in the academic world as well as in media. In their papers they claim to provide evidence for social contagion (transmission through social ... [Read more...]

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