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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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A Co-Blogger!

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

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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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