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A Co-Blogger!

Luke Barnes reminds readers of his blog Letters to Nature that it’s not just¬†his blog. ūüôā

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Second article on Quillette

For anyone who missed it, I had another article published in the online science & politics magazine Quillette. In this one, I describe Ed Jaynes’ view of the second law of thermodynamics, and how it’s really little more than the … Continue reading

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Come work with us!

Our department is hiring. The purpose of this post is simply to share my colleague Thomas Lumley’s post. Please share with anyone who might be interested in applying! http://notstatschat.tumblr.com/post/132977678461/come-work-with-us

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How to memorize a random 60-bit sequence

Someone on Twitter shared a post about “how to memorize a random 60-bit sequence”. Without reading the post, I decided to use this as an opportunity to explain what randomness actually is. I generally avoid the term myself because it … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Update 2: Astro Hack Week

So on the seventh day he rested from all his work¬†drank too much coffee and programmed for 10 hours Last week I took a one week “break” from sabbatical to travel to New York City for the second annual Astro … Continue reading

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The Ubiquity of Non-Informative Priors

Over on the¬†Bayesian Philosophy¬†blog, there is an¬†interesting short post discussing whether¬†non-informative¬†probability distributions exist. There are several different ways to get from intuitions about informativeness to formal principles (e.g. the principle of indifference, transformation groups, MaxEnt, Jeffreys priors, reference priors, default … Continue reading

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Sabbatical

Somehow, it’s been almost three years since we moved to Auckland. At this point, you become eligible for the privilege of one semester of research and study leave, colloquially known as sabbatical. Mine is coming up in the second half … Continue reading

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