Monthly Archives: January 2014

Stylish tooltips in mpld3

I have added some stylish HTML tooltips to mpld3, make something pretty with them. Demonstration here.

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Code review in the sciences

Software Carpentry has been doing a very interesting project on incorporating code review into the scientific process. The results of the first attempt are here, and the announcement of the second round is here. Maybe you will participate.

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Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Gold Standard Verbal Autopsy Data 2005-2011

One exciting announcement that I got to make at the Verbal Autopsy Congress last October is that the PHMRC gold standard verbal autopsy validation data is now available for all researchers. You can find it in the Global Health Data Exchange: Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Gold Standard Verbal Autopsy Data 2005-2011.

Insert an example of doing something with it here.

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Comparative performance of existing VA methods

Our paper comparing the performance of several verbal autopsy (VA) analysis algorithms is now published. This was a long time in the making, so I’m very glad that it is now out in the literature. It is open access, too!

validation_process

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Journal Club: Racial Discrimination & Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Tomorrow is journal club, starting up again for the winter quarter. We are reading Racial Discrimination & Cardiovascular Disease Risk: My Body My Story Study of 1005 US-Born Black and White Community Health Center Participants (US) by Krieger et al.

One exposure paper uses is measured with the Implicit Association Test, which I was trying to explain and couldn’t remember the details of. So I checked online, and learned you can take one yourself! It takes about ten minutes, and may reveal surprising things about you: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

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IHME Seminar: Sienna Craig on Fertility variation and child survivorship among Tibetan women from northern Nepal

Tomorrow we have our weekly seminar at IHME, and I’m getting ahead of the curve in mentioning it here. We will hear from Sienna Craig on maternal and child health above 10,000 feet for over 10,000 years. Insert jokes about how that is a long time to be so high. If you are not here in person, you can view the talk online: http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/news-events/seminar/fertility-variation-and-child-survivorship-among-tibetan-women-northern-nepal-bi

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Matplotlib and dj3s, together at last

There is an exciting new project in pythonic interactive data visualization that I have my eye on: mpld3. It plays well with matplotlib-based pretty plotting packages, and has the beginnings of a plugin framework for adding custom interactivity.

I used it to mock up a Cartesian fish eye distortion plot, something I’ve wanted for DisMod-MR ever since I learned about it. (Sometimes the interactivity doesn’t work in that notebook, and requires reloading everything… cutting edge software has some rough edges.)

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