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Scientist, poet, gadfly

Some Important and Weighty Stuff in Statistics

(note: to create maximal puzzlement I have cross-posted this at my other blog) Right, now let’s talk about methods for stochastic numerical integration, in particular calculating importance weights. This is a technique that is probably underused, largely because… Why are … Continue reading

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Pleasing News

Last year, my student Crispin defended his PhD thesis. The last papers from his thesis have been appearing. This is good news, obviously, but it gets better.

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More Ideas About Ideas in Ecology and Evolution

A couple of years ago I blogged about a new journal, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, and it’s experiments in the reviewing process. I was sceptical then, but happy to be shown wrong: I think we need these experiments to … Continue reading

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As sick as a Beast

I can’t remember if I’ve had cause to mention this before, but The Beast is an Australian. This may explain his reaction to the news last week of England winning The Ashes series 3-1: he was throwing up the following … Continue reading

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Banned! (no, not me)

Oh dear. The Chinese translation of Andrew Gelman’s book on hierarchical models and Bayesian analysis has been banned, due to “various politically sensitive materials in the text”. He must be so proud. I’ll check the text tomorrow to see what … Continue reading

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Linda Lin just blogged about the new Google Analytics we have on NN. The most popular keyword (which I assume mean search term) is “Am I wasting my time?”. Irrespective of the message of the post it leads to, the … Continue reading

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Yay, a banner!

I finally worked out The Secret to putting a banner up (it would have been quicker to read the instructions, I suppose). So The Beast is now proudly at the top of the blog, where he feels he belongs.

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The Hilarity of Homeopathic Housing

Thanks (I think) go to Rob Hinkley for pointing out John Benneth’s blogpost “IN ONE YEAR: Homeopathy could have helped. It’s the bloggy equivalent of walking around with a “Kick Me” label sellotaped to your back.

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Blame the system!

Sometimes the system you’re working on just doesn’t work the way you hope. So what do you do? Write a paper in PNAS blaming the system? Well, a paper has just appeared in PNAS with the title “Bimodal gene expression … Continue reading

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The Original Red Queen’s Hypothesis

Leigh Van Valen (who died last month) is well known for being an original thinker. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that the only way he could publish his most famous idea was to start a journal to print it … Continue reading

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