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Newcomb, Benford, and their Dirty, Dirty Logarithms

August 23, 2010

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Tom Taverner introduced me to Benford's Law as we were eating lunch together at a statistical computing conference: If you look at the first digits of data in many naturally-occuring datasets, a startling 30 percent of them are ones. "Pah!" I said. "That belies intuition! Why would one digit occur any more than another? I'd […]

Initial dosage of humility

August 3, 2010

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While keeping careful to never step within a three-mile radius of a dataset this past month, I've worked up grand vague dreams of all that I can do with them. Yet since I am deeply a beginner, both at statistics and at programming, the moment I tried starting to implement these ideas, I became overwhelmed […]