Early-March flotsam

It has been a strange last ten days since we unexpectedly entered grant writing mode. I was looking forward to work on this issue near the end of the year but a likely change on funding agency priorities requires applying in a few weeks; unfortunately, it means that all this is happening at the same… Continue reading Early-March flotsam

Mid-February flotsam

This coming Monday we start the first semester in Canterbury (and in New Zealand for that matter). We are all looking forward to an earthquake-free year; more realistically, I'd be happy with low magnitude aftershocks. The Wall Street Journal reports that more pediatricians are 'firing' patients that refuse to use vaccines. I'm wondering about practices… Continue reading Mid-February flotsam

Early-February flotsam

Mike Croucher at Walking Randomly points out an interesting difference in operator precedence for several mathematical packages to evaluate a simple operation 2^3^4. It is pretty much a divide between Matlab and Excel (does the later qualify as mathematical software?) on one side with result 4096 (or (2^3)^4) and Mathematica, R and Python on the… Continue reading Early-February flotsam

Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition

I was thinking about new material that I will use for teaching this coming semester (starting the third week of February) and suddenly compiled the following list of links: William Briggs writes It is time to stop teaching Frequentism to non-statisticians in a paper submitted to The American Statistician. Clearly he doesn't want to be… Continue reading Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition