Long before Blaise Pascal formalized his theory of probability, goat herders in Ancient Persia and Greece were working out the practical probabilities of gambling on rolls of goat talus bones. Talus bones (astragali) from the heels of mammals are roughly rectangular, allowing them to land on one of four sides, colloquially known as the camel, horse, goat, or … [Read more...] about Throwin’ Bones: Astragali – Ancient Games and Probability
For those of us who still nurture a small amount of childhood glee at the prospect of dressing up, Halloween provides the once-a-year opportunity to indulge that wide-eyed eight-year-old boy, escaping the oppressive Kansas heat of the summer of 1977 in a movie theater that unfolded the wonder of a galaxy far, far away. My buddy Derek Borman, Ph.D., who teaches in the Department … [Read more...] about The Last Statistics Jedi
Some of the best R packages don't even do statistics. I’d like to share a package I use frequently and thoroughly enjoy. When someone asks what I am learning in school and I have my laptop handy, I like to impress them by punching it in. (Much of the following information comes from a blog post by Ista Zahn, a Data Science Specialist at Harvard (2016)). The package cowsay … [Read more...] about Procrastination in R: Cowsay Package
Welcome to the Statz Blog! Does statistics make you want to cry? We get it, and we're to help! We will be coming at you weekly with research tips and tricks and hot stats content. Meet our statistically relevant content contributors: Amber Gillenwaters First Year Research Assistant - Statistical Analyst Amber graduated from Drury University in … [Read more...] about Coming Soon: Statz Blog!