Posted on

Nuclear power and whale-hunting: The power of irrational thinking

Greenland holds parliamentary elections these days. Ample opportunities for a statistical mind to wonder if the world has gone mad. Being on the cusp of retiring from about 10 years in the political circus I do know well that the object of desire is not truth, but votes. I know that if a large enough segment of potential voters has a firm belief, it is risky to estrange them with facts.

Continue reading “Nuclear power and whale-hunting: The power of irrational thinking”
Nuclear power and whale-hunting: The power of irrational thinking
Posted on

Data Engineers and Data Scientists in Statistics Education: University programs and teamwork

Are “data scientist” and “data engineer” different titles for someone doing the same type of work?  Or do they present two different attitudes toward solving the same problems? Since data science has become a buzzword, internet discussions like this one have not stopped.  Recently, several bloggers used “Data Engineers versus Data Scientists” as titles for their articles to express their views on these “terminologies” or “professions.”  

Continue reading “Data Engineers and Data Scientists in Statistics Education: University programs and teamwork”
Data Engineers and Data Scientists in Statistics Education: University programs and teamwork
Posted on

Data for whom? Being mindful of racial disparities

As the United States makes progress towards a state of “normality,” the country has set an incredible pace for vaccine production and distribution. But what information is lost in the big picture?

Continue reading “Data for whom? Being mindful of racial disparities”
Data for whom? Being mindful of racial disparities
Posted on

Missing the evidence

A story in the Guardian on February 28 is headlined Pfizer vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, says study. As the story says, the ‘study’ in question is a preprint. That’s not necessarily a problem; preprints have been a valuable source of up-to-date information during the Covid pandemic, at least when used with care.

Continue reading “Missing the evidence”
Missing the evidence
Posted on

Is early treatment for COVID-19 possible?

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?”
Is early treatment for COVID-19 possible?
Posted on

The role of science in the news (and elsewhere)

I’ve got a few questions: 1) Has there ever been a time when scientific publications were as widely discussed in the news as they were last year? 2) How did COVID change the way people think about science? and 3) How did science change the way people think about politics?

Continue reading “The role of science in the news (and elsewhere)”
The role of science in the news (and elsewhere)
Posted on

Would you take that vaccine?

While most state leaders worldwide are busy securing a supply of COVID-19 vaccines, almost half of the Filipinos are reluctant to get vaccinated according to Pulse Asia Survey conducted from November 23 to December 2, 2020. This is a bit higher than the September 2020 report from Social Weather Stations survey showing only about 31% of Filipinos would refuse COVID-19 vaccines. 

Continue reading “Would you take that vaccine?”
Would you take that vaccine?
Posted on

Stochastic statistics education: Randomly making the world a better place

This is a post about a bad idea leading to a good one.

The bad idea: stochastic terrorism. I stumbled on a new term recently in an article shared by a friend, “stochastic terrorism.”  Like any good statistician, I was fascinated (and a bit terrified).  What could it mean?  

Continue reading “Stochastic statistics education: Randomly making the world a better place”
Stochastic statistics education: Randomly making the world a better place