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Using maximum weight to redefine body mass index categories in studies of the mortality risks of obesity
Left behind: widening disparities for males and females in US county life expectancy, 1985–2010
Projected growth of the adult congenital heart disease population in the United States to 2050: an integrative systems modeling approach
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I greatly enjoyed a recent Software Carpentry (SWC) training that I attended. It was on training trainers, and had a ton of useful information.
One thing that it included, which has stuck in my mind is a “code of conduct”, which SWC has for all workshops. [link]
I like the way it incorporates humor; this also actually help me think of it, because I made a conscious choice _not_ to make fun of certain text editors twice during the two day workshop (despite the hilarious joke that I had to refrain from telling).
A question though: how to do? Just putting on the webpage is a little too little, perhaps, but reading the whole thing at the beginning of the workshop is too much for some instructors. I thought the approach we took was a bad compromise, reading some and saying that it existed. It could be good, but it could come off like this is something required that the instructors do to tick the box “we broadened participation”.
What about having the text projected at the beginning of the session, so while people are coming in and settling down, they can read it at their own pace. It needs to be projected in a readable font, which might be a technical challenge, since it is long. And anyone who shows up late will miss it. (I showed up late, maybe I missed it…)
One thing the SWC training got me thinking about is the word “loop” as in “for loop”. It is something so familiar to me that I never tried to figure out why it is called a loop. I think it must come from computational flow diagrams. Incidentally, I read a book full of vintage flow diagrams recently, as part of my efforts to get up to speed on microsimulation: [Art of Simulation]
The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014
Age-aggregation bias in mortality trends
Our work on benchmarking efficiency is now out: http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-016-0653-z
It uses some very cool econ and OR methods, and it even has a press release: http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/improving-health-facility-efficiency-could-markedly-expand-hiv-treatment :
“Improving efficiency can support major gains in expanding ART to people who need treatment, especially when funding is limited,” says IHME Assistant Professor Abraham Flaxman, senior author of the study. “Now we, as a global health community, need to figure out how.”