October 4, 2017


  • Data leakage: Bluetooth sex toys do not have a good sense of what’s a private activity (probably NSFW)
  • “Science in Society” award winners from the (US) National Association of Science Writers
  • The Nobel Prize for Physics went to gravitational wave astronomy. That’s a more statistical area than usual — extracting minute gravitational-wave signals from the background noise is a statistical challenge as well as an engineering nightmare. Renate Meyer, from the UoA Statistics department, and her co-workers, did some of the early work on this problem, and Matt Edwards (who we’re hoping to get back after a postdoc overseas) is a member of the LIGO Consortium.

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

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