Monthly Archives: November 2014

Making the case with years not deaths

A report on Suicide Prevention crossed my desk recently, which includes a ranking in terms of deaths and in terms of years of life lost:



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Paternity Leave

An email I sent recently:

NYTimes ran an interesting article on paternity leave just as I was returning from my unpaid time off spent with my baby. It doesn’t say anything specific about university professors, but may be of interest to others on this list anyway:

For a shorter and more personal version of this material, see a Facebook VP’s version here:


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Vintage MOOC on Literate Programming

I found some archival videos of Donald Knuth teaching literate programming in his mathematical writing class in 1987:

Lots of other promising stuff on the Stanford page that links to it:

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Education questions in ACS

There is a proposal to drop some questions from the American Community Survey (ACS), and I was planning to use one of them in a project I’m trying to get started. I hope they keep it.

“I know there’s a lot of angst in the community right now,” Treat says. “But I think there’s a lack of understanding that the survey is under attack. So I encourage everybody to respond to the notice. The more responses we get, the better understanding there will be about the value of collecting this information.”

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Social pathways of EVD spread

Some of the most interesting stuff that has crossed my desk on the spread of Ebola codes from the anthropologists who have been working in West Africa for a long time:

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CrossValidated on interesting and well-written papers in applied stats

I should read some of these, and stash a few for the PGF journal club:

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Big Data in Graphical Form

I’ve been digging for presentation materials lately, and one source I want to remember is this tunblr full of visual representations of big data:

Big Data is visualized in so many ways…all of them blue and with numbers and lens flare.

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