Monday, September 26, 2011

The Inaugural "Least Interesting Stat" Award

I hereby give the first award to the Yale Daily News for its sports page caption, Monday, September 26, 2011:

"STAT OF THE DAY 4: THE NUMBER OF YEAR SINCE THE FOOTBALL TEAM HAS SCORED 70 POINTS AFTER THE FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE SEASON.  The Bulldogs have scored 74 points after two weeks, a total that was last matched in 2007, when Yale put up 79 in what would become a 9-1 season."

For a slightly more invigorating use of statistics and Yale football, see my Yale-Harvard graphical exploration.  I need to update it with the last few years of results.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

New York Predictive Analytics Talk

I'll be giving an evening talk at the New York Predictive Analytics World,  The rough plan:

This talk will touch upon topics in data analysis, statistics, and computing relating to modern massive data challenges.  How do classical theories in statistical inference and asymptotics translate into statistical practice in the modern world?  What role should complex Bayesian procedures and other cutting-edge methodologies have in the data analyst toolkit? Computationally, how can we manage the data deluge and how is statistical software evolving?   What are the implications for the data analyst?  What are the dangers posed by
addressing these very questions?  I'll suggest possible answers to some of these questions, and hope to spur further debate by posing others.