Author Archives: Brendon J. Brewer

About Brendon J. Brewer

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics at The University of Auckland. Any opinions expressed here are mine and are not endorsed by my employer.

New video about overfitting

Recently I popped across the road to AUT to give a talk for their statisticians and applied mathematicians. In the Q&A session, I got asked about overfitting, and had the same experience I described in this old post. This motivated … Continue reading

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News and updates

Just a quick post to let you all know about some recent goings-on in my research over the last couple of months. Former MSc student and current PhD student Oliver (Ollie) Stevenson was profiled on our department’s homepage. Ollie is … Continue reading

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Measure theory and sports team selection

For several years now I have been reading this paper by Kevin Knuth and John Skilling, about the foundations of measure theory, probability, and MaxEnt. I still only 70% understand it, but the idea is interesting and appeals to my … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Brews’, and two cool things from the internet

A few brief items… I’ve made a little web page for sharing results of analyses I do (mostly these will be posterior samples and marginal likelihood values). I’ll aim to put things up when they’re sufficiently mature and ‘finished’, in the hope … Continue reading

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Faculty positions with us!

Our department is going through a period where lots of our long-time faculty members are reaching retirement age, and we’re currently advertising for some new faculty to join us. The ads can be found at this address. Currently, there are two openings at … Continue reading

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Demand curves are basically CDFs

As my loyal reader knows, I’ve been trying to learn some econ, as I find it quite fascinating and continuous with several other interests. Anyway, last night I was on the phone to Jared, and mentioned a connection I’d noticed between a basic concept in microeconomics and one in statistics. I thought the connection was obvious, […]

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Plausibility Theory Podcast, Episode 1: Keagan Brewer

I enjoy podcasts, so had a go at recording one. I hope you enjoy it.    

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