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What I sensed was that while the laws of supply and demand governed everything on earth, the easy money was in demand—manufacturing it, manipulating it, sending it forth to multiply, etc. As a rule of thumb (and with some notable … Continue reading

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It takes ~20 observations to verify your first significant digit of the mean with confidence. Do you know how many observations it takes to verify your first sig-fig of the variance? More like 1000. And that’s just to get one … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. Jeremy Paxman interviewed him a little over a year ago in Washington, D.C. “I always thought, the day the newspapers came out and I wasn’t there to read them, that that would be a sad day … Continue reading

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Use Robust Statistics

I’ll go into more technicality about robust data analysis elsewhere. Here I want to put forward the simplest argument for it. (This is repeated probably verbatim from Karen Kafadar.) Say you have 5 independent estimates. Estimates of something important and … Continue reading

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