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sent to Coventry!

Posted in Books, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by xi'an

Coventry city hall, Feb. 2016The other day, my wife came across the expression sent to Coventry and asked me what the reason was for this expression, which Wikitionary explains as

Verb

send to Coventry ‎(third-person singular simple present sends to Coventry, present participle sending to Coventry, simple past and past participle sent to Coventry)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To ostracise, or systematically ignore someone.
    The group decided to send the unpopular members to Coventry.

I had never heard this expression before, certainly not while in Coventry, so checked on Wikipedia to see whether or not it was related to the rather unappealing down-town postwar reconstruction. As it appears, the most likely connection is much more ancient as it relates to royalist troops being sent to Coventry, a parliamentarian town during the English Civil War,

contemporary issues in hypothesis testing

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2016 by xi'an

hipocontemptNext Fall, on 15-16 September, I will take part in a CRiSM workshop on hypothesis testing. In our department in Warwick. The registration is now open [until Sept 2] with a moderate registration free of £40 and a call for posters. Jim Berger and Joris Mulder will both deliver a plenary talk there, while Andrew Gelman will alas give a remote talk from New York. (A terrific poster by the way!)

another glorious sunrise in Warwickshire

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2016 by xi'an

position in Bath

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by xi'an

Dan Simpson pointed out to me the still open call for an assistant/associate professor (lecturer/reader) position in mathematical statistics at the University of Bath, Southwest England (Somerset to be exact), with a closing date of April 22, i.e., next week. Beside being located in a lovely town on a beautiful campus, this is certainly “a pretty great place to be an early career researcher” to quote from Dan, with an attractive PhD program. Check this link for details. [And you may notice I wisely abstained from cracking any joke about position in bath…]

61% above average!

Posted in Books, pictures with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2016 by xi'an

“The study, which uses gambling commission data, reveals that 61% of Paddy Power’s 349 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born population.” The Guardian, March 06, 2016

Uh… Is it significant?! But a deeper reading of The Guardian article reveals that the “percentage share of operator’s shops that are located in the 40 UK authorities with the highest percentage minority ethnic populations” is 61%, which is definitely not the same thing as the above. As there are apparently 353 principal authorities for England alone. Another journalistic shortcut… (Incidentally, the 349 in the quote does not connect with the 353 authorities.)

snapshot from Oxford [#2]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , on February 9, 2016 by xi'an

Oxford snapshot

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, University life with tags , , , on February 2, 2016 by xi'an

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