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DrivenData

You might be interested in a new data science competition site, http://www.drivendata.org/, which is like kaggle meets change.org. They call it “Data science competitions to save the world”, which might be a little bit tongue-in-cheek. For the first cash-prize-awarding competition, they have a multi-class, multi-label classification challenge, which they are calling Box-Plots for Education.

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What I’m Reading: The Design and Implementation of Probabilistic Programming Languages

A new online book crossed my screen recently: The Design and Implementation of Probabilistic Programming Languages. Looks good so far.

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CVRS in 2010 Report

Perhaps more than I ever wanted to know about the state of the birth and death registration system in South Africa circa 2010: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/CRVS/Technical%20report%20SADC%20final%20v2.pdf

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IHME Seminar: Tobacco 2025 Targets

The IHME weekly seminar kicked off for the quarter last week with Ver Bilano’s work on Estimation of recent trends in tobacco use and baseline projections to 2025. Ver used DisMod-MR extensively for this project, so I knew I was going to love it ahead of time.

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Summer’s End

2014-09-02 22.28.37There are new fellows running around, and classes are underway. I guess the summer is coming to an end. I wonder where it all went. No, I know where.

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Graduation Congratulations 2014

This is the season of graduation activities at IHME and UW. Congrats to my colleagues completing their fellowships!

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MCMC in Python: How to set a custom prior with joint distribution on two parameters in PyMC

Question and answer on Stackoverflow. Motivated by question and answer on CrossValidated about modeling incidence rates.

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