Monthly Archives: August 2013

Burden of substance use and mental disorders published

Papers on with results from some of my favorite models from the GBD 2010 appeared this week:

Degenhardt et al, Global burden of disease attributable to illicit drug use and dependence: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61530-5

Whiteford et al, Global burden of disease attributable to mental and substance use disorders: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61611-6

It is just the kind of stuff to generate catchy health news headlines.

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Grad School Advice

It is getting to be the season of new students, and I was inspired to round up a few links on grad school:

Advice for new students from Jennifer Rexford: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/jrex/advice-new-graduate-students/
Managing your advisor by Nick Feamster: http://greatresearch.org/2013/08/14/managing-your-advisor/
A simple test for those thinking of doing a PhD: http://blog.prof.so/2013/06/test.html

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SES reading list

I got stuck trying to find a good definition of “socioeconomic status” recently. Maybe there isn’t one. Here is a bunch of reading on the matter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socioeconomic_status
http://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/factsheet-education.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2465546
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3241948
http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.18.1.341
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792081/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447206
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/amp/49/1/15/
http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(07)00314-5/fulltext
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19178922
http://www.jstor.org/stable/27522200
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/6/459.long

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D3js speed

I sometimes wish transitions in a data viz went more smoothly. Maybe this frame-per-second calculator can help with optimization:

http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/2647924

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Regression Modeling in Python: Patsy Spline

I’ve been watching the next generation of PyMC come together over the last months, and there is some very exciting stuff happening. The part on GLM regression led me to a different project which is also of interest, a regression modeling minilanguage, called Patsy which “brings the convenience of R ‘formulas’ to Python.”

This package recently introduced a method for spline regression, and avoided all puns in naming. Impressive.

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DSP in Python: Active Noise Reduction with PyAudio

I had a fun little project a while back, to deal with some night noise that was getting in the way of my sleep. Active noise reduction, hacked together in Python. It really works (for me)! There is tons of room for improvement, and at least one interested party. I’m finally pushing it out into the world, so maybe someone will improve it.

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Science + Data

Two links of relevance to those of us who love data and science:

From Kyle,

dstk – datasciencetoolkit
pip install dstk

http://www.datasciencetoolkit.org/

From Seth,

In case you or your students need some resources, these people seem quite happy to give them away: https://www.opensciencedatacloud.org/

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