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Allen Downey
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Attended University of California, Berkeley
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Bayesian survival analysis for "Game of Thrones"
Last fall I taught an introduction to Bayesian statistics at Olin College .  My students worked on some excellent projects, and I invited them to write up their results as guest articles for this blog. One of the teams applied Bayesian survival analysis to ...
Last fall I taught an introduction to Bayesian statistics at Olin College.  My students worked on some excellent projects, and I invited them to write up their results as guest articles for this blog. One of the teams appl...
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Statistical inference is only mostly wrong
p-values banned! The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) made news recently by "banning" p-values.  Here's the editorial that explains why  and my summary of their major points: "...the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP) i...
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Upcoming talk on survival analysis in Python
On March 2, 2015 I am presenting a short talk for the Python Data Science meetup.   Here is the announcement for the meetup . And here are my slides: The code for the talk is in an IPython notebook you can view on nbviewer .  It is still a work in progress!
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Bayesian analysis of match rates on Tinder
Last fall I taught an introduction to Bayesian statistics at Olin College . My students worked on some excellent projects, and I invited them to write up their results as guest articles for this blog. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here's the second in...
Last fall I taught an introduction to Bayesian statistics at Olin College. My students worked on some excellent projects, and I invited them to write up their results as guest articles for this blog. Just in time for Valentin...
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I am proud to be a featured volunteer this week at DataKind.
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My response to the journal that banned p-values.  I find myself in the surprising position of defending classical statistical inference.
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I'm doing a talk on March 2 about survival analysis in Python.  It includes my analysis of differences in marriage patterns between Gen X and Millennials.
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Please consider reminding your representative that the majority of their constituents support legalization of cannabis,
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In preparation for Valentine's Day, my students analyze data from Tinder.
Last fall I taught an introduction to Bayesian statistics at Olin College. My students worked on some excellent projects, and I invited them to write up their results as guest articles for this blog. Just in time for Valentin...
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Ever wonder how the discrete cosine transform really works?
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Godless freshmen: now more Nones than Catholics
This article is an update to my annual series on one of the most under-reported stories of the decade: the fraction of college freshmen who report no religious preference has more than tripled since 1985, from 8% to 27%, and the trend is accelerating. In la...
This article is an update to my annual series on one of the most under-reported stories of the decade: the fraction of college freshmen who report no religious preference has more than tripled since 1985, from 8% to 27%, and ...
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I am a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College and author of Think Python, Think Stats, Think Bayes, Think Complexity, and more to come.
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