This week’s paper Effect of the Newhints home-visits intervention on neonatal mortality rate and care practices in Ghana: a cluster randomised controlled trial, by Kirkwood et al. Cluster randomized trials and meta-analysis, a good combination to put new results in the context of the old.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
A few months ago, I had great success invoking the internet to come up with the “hello, world” of statistical graphics.
p.s. google vincent vega to learn the pop culture joke behind this strangely named python package.
This week in journal club we are reading something that I’m not going to name, because it says “do not cite or distribute without permission” on the top of the paper. This secret paper sounds interesting, maybe I can tell you about it some day.
A recent question on the PyMC mailing list inspired me to make a really inefficient version of the Naive Bayes classifier. Enjoy.
I’m quite taken with the Software Carpentry approach to teaching scientists computer skills, especially since I saw it in action in UW a few months ago. One aspect that I’ve been trying out for my own course is the “mastery table” approach that the Software Carpentry Instructor Study Groups use. Here is a mastery table for teaching version control. I have made a few of my own, but I don’t think I said enough for any novice to leave competent, according to my ambitions. I will keep trying.
We’ve selected a locally grown paper for discussion in journal club this week, India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer programme to increase births in health facilities: an impact evaluation, by Lim et al, with a focus on the methods: the paper has “used three analytical approaches (matching, with-versus-without comparison, and differences in differences) to assess the effect of JSY on antenatal care, in-facility births, and perinatal, neonatal, and maternal deaths.”