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Sifu Tweety was in a video call with 17 people.Josh Bittker, Heebie Geebie, Abida Younes, X. Trapnel, Josh Kamensky, Robyn Douglas, Nathan Williams, Gabardine Bathyscaphe, Ari Kelman, Chloe Lewis, Charley Carpenter, Peter Northup, Joshua Bittker, James McQuillen, Kwon Diep, J. Pendleton Stormcrow, and sherif hassan
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Sorry for sneaking in and then out, I'm heading to bed but had to take a glimpse of the party! Have fun!
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Damn, this sounds awesome.
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I read a lot of stuff in the popular press about obesity and weight gain and some of it can make me cringe. However, here is a piece by Mark Bittman, the New York Times food columnist, that I can agree with. One of the vexing things about this field is that a little bit of knowledge is a very dangerous thing. When I talk to people about my research, I get various responses. For those that have never thought about the problem, when I tell them tha...
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"Imagine a Venn diagram, where one circle is 'Topics that are so controversial that we want to avoid using prior information in the statistical analysis' and the other circle is 'Problems where the data are weak compared to prior information.' If you’re in the intersection of these circles, you have to make some tough choices!"
The journal Rationality, Markets and Morals has finally posted all the articles in their special issue on the philosophy of Bayesian statistics. My contribution is called Induction and Deduction in Bayesian Data Analysis. I’ll also post my reactions to the other articles. I wrote these notes a few weeks ago and could post them all at once, but I think it will be easier if I post my reactions to each article separately. To start with my best mate...
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This is such an intense technique. I went to a talk by a guy who's using synaptic tracing in combination with optogenetics to map and activate whole networks.
A technique called monosynaptic tracing reveals how experience remodels olfactory bulb microcircuitry Contrary to an age-old dogma, the brain is not fixed and immutable. After decades of research, we now know that the brains of mammals – including humans – can produce new cells after embryonic development is ended. We also know that experience alters the connections between nerve cells in a number of ways, and it is widely believed that this proc...
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... for the Messiah on Crack. (As ever, via The Rambler.)
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Santa Monica College students put up with a lot of shit, man. If they're protesting, you KNOW it's sucky.
(photo and video: Jenna Chandler, Santa Monica Patch) Last night at Santa Monica College (about 20 blocks from the beach here in Los Angeles, CA), campus police pepper-sprayed some thirty students in a crowd of about 150 protesters. The students were there to voice opposition to planned tuition hikes that would raise the cost of bread-and-butter courses during the summer session by as much as 400%. I was close enough to the location last night t...
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Kevin Hall gave a talk today on some of his recent results that forces me to revise what I wrote yesterday. I won’t divulge his exact results since it’s not published yet but he has experimental evidence that a calorie is not a calorie. What I said in my previous post was that if you are in steady state then it doesn’t matter what diet you are eating. However, that must be qualified in light of the recent data. To be in steady state, you must be ...
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Andrew Gelman takes on fixed gears! It's like he's blogging SPECIFICALLY FOR ME!
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I feel that Providence, RI might have been misrepresented in the second index.
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Dag, I hate copyright.
The New England Journal of Medicine report on how the authors of key screening test, the Mini–mental state examination, have initiated a take-down of an open, validated and freely-available equivalent due to it also asking test-takers to recall three words, a string of numbers and some basic questions about the date and location. The Mini–mental state examination, commonly known as the MMSE, is most widely used to screen for cognitive impairment ...
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1. We Bayesian statisticians like to say there are three kinds of statisticians: a. Bayesians; b. People who are Bayesians but don’t realize it (that is, they act in coherence with some unstated probability); c. Failed Bayesians (that is, people whose inference could be improved by some attention to coherence). So, if a statistician does great work, we are inclined to claim this person for the Bayesian cause, even if he or she vehemently denies a...
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