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Allen Downey
Worked at Olin College
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Needham, MA
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Will Millennials Ever Get Married?
At SciPy last week I gave a talk called "Will Millennials Ever Get Married?  Survival Analysis and Marriage Data".  I presented results from my analysis of data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).   The slides I presented are here . The video ...
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I know. I was thinking how crazy that is. I interview some people at conventions and if I have 10 videos I'm lucky to get them all up within a week. I can't imagine turning around 120 videos within a couple days.
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Bayesian Billiards
I recently watched a  video of Jake VanderPlas explaining Bayesian statistics at SciPy 2104 .  It's an excellent talk that includes some nice examples.  In fact, it looks like he had even more examples he didn't have time to present. Although his presentati...
I recently watched a video of Jake VanderPlas explaining Bayesian statistics at SciPy 2104.  It's an excellent talk that includes some nice examples.  In fact, it looks like he had even more examples he didn't have time to pr...
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The Sleeping Beauty Problem
How did I get to my ripe old age without hearing about The Sleeping Beauty Problem?  I've taught and written about The Monty Hall Problem and The Girl Named Florida Problem .  But I didn't hear about Sleeping Beauty until this reddit post , pointing to this...
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Hypothesis testing is only mostly useless
In my previous article I argued that classical statistical inference is only mostly wrong . About null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST),  I wrote: “If the p-value is small, you can conclude that the fourth possibility is unlikely, and infer that the ...
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Two hour marathon by 2041 -- probably
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.  Previous articles in the series are: Bayesian predictio...
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.  Previous articles in th...
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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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Slides and video from my presentation at SciPy.
Last week I was at SciPy 2015 in Austin, where I presented a short talk about Think DSP and the class based on it: "Basic Sound Processing in Python".  The slides for the talk are here.  The SciPy organizers did an amazing jo...
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Tired of being productive?  Why not waste the afternoon on a veridical paradox?
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A followup to "Statistical inference is only mostly wrong".
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Just in time for the marathon, a guest article from Cypress Frankenfeld.
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.  Previous articles in th...
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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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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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