Thursday, October 20, 2016

International Prize in Statistics to Sir David Cox

Prominent British statistician Sir David Cox has been named the inaugural recipient of the International Prize in Statistics. Like the acclaimed Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Turing Award and Nobel Prize, the International Prize in Statistics is considered the highest honor in its field. It will be bestowed every other year to an individual or team for major achievements using statistics to advance science, technology and human welfare. 

This inaugural prize recognises Sir David’s seminal 1972 paper in which he developed the proportional hazards model that today bears his name. The Cox Model has been applied in many fields of science and engineering, from disease risk assessment and treatment evaluation to product liability, school dropout, re-incarceration and AIDS surveillance systems.

His mark on research is so great that his 1972 paper is one of the three most-cited papers in statistics and ranked 16th in Nature’s list of the top 100 most-cited papers of all time for all fields.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Sunday, April 20, 2014

How Fast the Fastest Human Would Run 100m?

People have used extreme value theory to predict the records in various sports. Here is an articles which provides codes to visualize the same. One can update the dataset to take into account latest records. It's interesting to see how this updation affects the estimates:

Where nobody lives

Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied. Here is a map showing places where nobody lives:

Vectorization in R: Why?

Beginning R users are often told to “vectorize” their code. Here, is an attempt to explain why vectorization can be advantageous in R by showing how R works under the hood:

Checking (G)LM assumptions in R

(Generalized) Linear models make some strong assumptions concerning the data structure. Here is how to verify those assumptions in R:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mapping a century of earthquakes

Did you know that United States Geological Survey maintains an ever growing archive of earthquakes detected around the world, and they make it easy to query and download?
Here is how you can map that data using R:

Benefits of using Open Source Software

Why public universities should use open source software? Read the reasons at:

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Median Isn't the Message

The Median Isn't the Message is the wisest, most humane thing ever written about cancer and statistics. It is the antidote both to those who say that, "the statistics don't matter," and to those who have the unfortunate habit of pronouncing death sentences on patients who face a difficult prognosis. Anyone who researches the medical literature will confront the statistics for their disease. Anyone who reads this will be armed with reason and with hope: