Statisticians have been deconstructed! I feel vaguely insulted, although I have to admit I’m not even sure I know what the article says. This line is a doozy though: “Statistics always pulls back from the claims it makes…” As a statistician blogger, I make tons of claims. I probably regret some of them, but I’d never take them back :-).
Following our recent detour into political analysis, Here is a story about the statisticians that helped Obama win the election by identifying blocks of voters/donors that could help lead the campaign to victory. I think there are some lessons here for individualized health.
Another article in the popular press about the shortage of data scientists, in particular “big data” scientists. I also saw a ton of discussion of whether Nate Silver used “big data” in making his predictions. This is another one of those many, many cases where the size of the data is mostly irrelevant; it is knowing the right data to use that is important.
About this blog: We’ll be posting ideas we find interesting, contributing to discussion of science/popular writing, linking to articles that inspire us, and sharing advice with up-and-coming statisticians.
Why “Simply Statistics”: We needed a title. Plus, we like the idea of using simple statistics to solve real, important problems. We aren’t fans of unnecessary complication - that just leads to lies, damn lies and something else.