I have added some stylish HTML tooltips to mpld3, make something pretty with them. Demonstration here.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
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.
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
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
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.)
Journal Club: Meat, fish, and esophageal cancer risk: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis
For our final journal club paper of last semester, we read Meat, fish, and esophageal cancer risk: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. I am a vegetarian.
That brings me up to date for fall quarter, and the winter quarter is just finishing its first week. Good!
It is time for seminars to start up again at IHME, and yesterday we had one already! Here are the remaining ones from last semester that I did not get a chance to mention individually:
A Statistician’s Challenges with HIV and AIDS – Nicholas P. Jewell
Journal Club: Investigating health system performance: An application of data envelopment analysis to Zambian hospitals
I’m almost caught up on recording last quarter’s journal club papers, with this second to last topic: Investigating health system performance: An application of data envelopment analysis to Zambian hospitals by Felix Masiye.
This data envelopment analysis (DEA) is an approach I’ve been hearing a lot about recently, and it seems to work through quite an operations-research lens. I hope I’ll be looking into it more in the near future.