June 18, 2017


  • A simulation of measles spreading through communities with different vaccination levels.
  • Update on the prosecution of the former government statistician of Greece, Andreas Georgiou, apparently because the right numbers weren’t popular.
  • Blind testing suggests wine tasters do much better than chance, but nowhere near as well as they’d like you to think.
  • “It’s not that people don’t like Mexican food. The reason was that the system had learned the word “Mexican” from reading the Web.” On reducing the ethnic and gender biases of automated text analysis
  • Herald Insights visualisation of crime patterns in New Zealand. Yes, there’s a denominator problem; no, the obvious fixes wouldn’t help.



Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. He also blogs at Biased and Inefficient See all posts by Thomas Lumley »