The current Brazilian government has been prolific in atypical practices since its coming to power in 2019. The handling of issues related to the current COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. This post addresses recent government announcements related to the pandemic and the ensuing reactions it arose.Continue reading “Is early treatment for COVID-19 possible?”
Month: February 2021
Hey Facebook… don’t tell her we told you she’s pregnant!
A few weeks ago, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed settlement with Flo Health Inc over its disclosure of sensitive health data to Facebook, Google, and other web advertising entities.Continue reading “Hey Facebook… don’t tell her we told you she’s pregnant!”
The Way of the Statistician and the Way of the Physicist
The rules of evidence as presented in statistics textbooks are not the same as the informal criteria that statisticians and practitioners use in deciding what methods to use. What are the similarities and differences between statistical thinking and the modeling done in the physical sciences?Continue reading “The Way of the Statistician and the Way of the Physicist”
People are not plants … and a little meditation
On this Groundhog Day, I should be focused on how many weeks are left in winter. Instead, I still find myself in that period of reflection spurred on by the arbitrary change of number associated with our calendar. As for many, 2020 was marked by much change in my life. I attribute much of the positive to attempts to build various mindfulness practices into my life. As a statistician, I often find myself in a tension between caring and not caring about results of research on such practices. Why the tension?Continue reading “People are not plants … and a little meditation”