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Sphericity, Public Libraries & the Tea Party

In the shower this morning, I was thinking about how seldom true longitudinal designs meet the assumption of sphericity. This is the point where one of my daughters always makes a comment about what other people think about in the shower. I don’t want to hear it. Sphericity is an assumption that all correlations among…

Race, Income and Education – AnnMaria Explains it All

If you are the right age to have watched re-runs of the show on Nickelodeon, Clarissa Explains It All, then you are the age group today’s blog was written for. And don’t tell me the previous statement is grammatically incorrect. After having looked at these results, I’m already pissed off (note to self: don’t swear…

Evil statistician tells schoolchildren the truth about inequality in America

Hispanic, female, Ph.D. statistician who loves math. Hoo-wee, we hit the lottery! Let’s have her come talk to our inner city school children about STEM education. It’ll be SO uplifting. Ri-i-ight. (Oh, by the way, one million brownie points to the teacher who knew me but invited me anyway.) Given that the students are 12…

Microdata that don’t add up OR “The government is smarter than you think”

You know those people who have perfect theories about raising children and then they give birth to an actual child who (surprise, surprise) progresses from throwing up baby food on the cat to staying out after curfew? Well, the open data initiative seems to be like that. The people who are full of hype about…

Passion, data, math & bullshit: Part 1

I was at a conference recently when someone asked me what I was passionate about and I answered, “Data”.¬† He seemed very disappointed and wandered off in search of someone more interesting who would give a better answer like curing AIDS or ending world hunger or solving global warming. I could have added , “and…

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Sometimes you learn more from the questions

than the answers. This was certainly the case at the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Competition at UCLA last Thursday. In this competition, ten finalists are selected to give a 90-second pitch on their start-up. The presentations are rated on investment potential and presentation with members of the TCA holding up cards like a gymnastics…