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RSS statistical analytics challenge 2014

Posted in Kids, R, Statistics, University life, Wines with tags , , , , on May 2, 2014 by xi'an

RSS_Challenge_2014Great news! The RSS is setting a data analysis challenge this year, sponsored by the Young Statisticians Section and Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society: Details are available on the wordpress website of the Challenge. Registration is open and the Challenge goes live on Tuesday 6 May 2014 for an exciting 6 weeks competition. (A wee bit of an unfortunate timing for those of us considering submitting a paper to NIPS!) Truly terrific, I have been looking for this kind of event to happen for many years (without finding the momentum to set it rolling…)  and hope it will generate a lot of exciting activity and replicas in other societies.

2013 in review [by WordPress]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 31, 2013 by xi'an

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 11 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

oops, no tooltip…!

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , on January 29, 2013 by xi'an

Thanks to Jean-Michel Marin, I have just noticed that the legends I put on my (or others‘) images were not visible as blue boxes hovering over the picture. I checked on wordpress and found the solution: The new title of the downloaded image is not the title of the published image!

The title added in this field does not display as a tooltip (when a mouse is hovered over the image). To add a tooltip title, edit the image after inserting it into the post, and add your tooltip wording to the Title field.

However that means that the older images in the ‘Og (those published since the new version of wordpress was implemented, around the very end of November…) will not be corrected…

please do not like my posts!!!

Posted in pictures with tags , , on September 7, 2012 by xi'an

This is a very minor inconvenience with WordPress (or just the blogging world) so do not read any further as it does not matter in the slightest! Indeed, for every post that I write, a few complete strangers tag it with a “like” mention, for which I get a notification. Given that those strangers have their own blog, mostly related to photography, I suspect this is an indirect way to induce more visits to their own site… Even though I do not see how anyone but me is aware of those “like”s…

\verbatim [beamer package]

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2012 by xi'an

Once again working on my slides for the AMSI Lecture 2012 tour, it took me a while to get the following LaTeX code (about the family reunion puzzle) to work:

\begin{frame}[fragile,label=notleM2]
\slidetitle{A family meeting}
\begin{block}{Random switch of couples}
\only<1>{
\begin{itemize}
\item Pick two couples [among the 20 couples] at random with probabilities proportional
to the number of other couples they have not seen\\
{\verb+prob=apply(meet(T)==0,1,sum)+}
\item switch their respective position during one of the 6 courses
\item accept the switch with Metropolis--Hsatings probability\\
{\verb#log(runif(1))<(penalty(old)-penalty(new))/gamma#}
\end{itemize}
}
\only<2>{
\begin{verbatim}
for (t in 1:N){
  prop=sample(1:20,2,prob=apply(meet(T)==0,1,sum))
  cour=sample(1:6,1)
  Tp=T
  Tp[prop[1],cour]=T[prop[2],cour]
  Tp[prop[2],cour]=T[prop[1],cour]
  penatp=penalty(meet(Tp))
  if (log(runif(1))<(penat-penatp)/gamma){
    T=Tp
    penat=penatp}
  }
\end{verbatim}
}
\end{block}
\end{frame}

since I was getting error messages of the form

[86] (./simulation.38.vrb) [87] (./simulation.39.vrb
!Illegal parameter number in definition of \beamer@doifinframe.
                 l
l.12 }
?

Using two frames in a row instead of the “only<2>” version  did not help…
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Thunderbird avenging the pigeons?

Posted in University life with tags , , on November 20, 2011 by xi'an

It may be the revenge of the birds, but there seems to be an issue with the latest version of Thunderbird in terms of RSS feed: here is an email from Umberto I got very recently

(…) I have just discovered I missed the latest RSS feeds (the last one downloaded on my Thunderbird for Windows is http://xianblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/inherent-difficulties-of-non-bayesian-likelihood-based-inference/) i.e. those published after 8th November.

This happened simultaneously on my 2 computers and only for the POSTS feed of your blog. RSS feeds from other blogs give no problem. Also I have no problem with the Comments feed. This is might be related to the latest Thunderbird version (v. 8.0) which has been been released on 8th November = date of the latest downloaded feed (!).

I have deleted the feed to your posts and tried to install them again but now I get a “http://xianblog.wordpress.com/feed is not a valid feed”. Reinstalling Thunderbird didn’t solve the issue nor even going back to the latest working Thunderbird installation. So I am writing you to let you know about this issue, not to solve my own specific problem but just in case the issue is not due to Thunderbird but to some settings you might have recently modified in your blog.

I have no idea about the problem nor the solution. There was something similar discussed on wordpress five years ago, but unlikely to apply. I will certainly contact wordpress and let interested readers know if they come up with a solution (or at least a reason).

GReader dross

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , on October 19, 2011 by xi'an

Julyan Arbel signaled to me that my posts were producing the above kind of dross when read in GReader. Sorry about this, it does not appear on my Firefox reader (just like the adds were not appearing for me…) By the way, what is GReader?! (Please do not bother to enlighten me!)

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