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unimaginable scale culling

Posted in Books, pictures, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2019 by xi'an

Despite the evidence brought by ABC on the inefficiency of culling in massive proportions the British Isles badger population against bovine tuberculosis, the [sorry excuse for a] United Kingdom government has permitted a massive expansion of badger culling, with up to 64,000 animals likely to be killed this autumn… Since the cows are the primary vectors of the disease, what about starting with these captive animals?!

Nature tidbits

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2019 by xi'an

Before returning a few older issues of Nature to the coffee room of the maths department, a quick look brought out the few following items of interests, besides the great cover above:

  • France showing the biggest decline in overal output among the top 10 countries in the Nature Index Annual Tables.
  • A tribune again the EU’s Plan S, towards funding (private) publishers directly from public (research) money. Why continuing to support commercial journals one way or another?!
  • A short debate on geo-engineering towards climate control, with the dire warning that “little is known about the consequences” [which could be further damaging the chances of human survival on this planet].
  • Another call for the accountability of companies designing AI towards fairness and unbiasedness [provided all agree on the meaning of these terms]
  • A study that argues that the obesity epidemics is more prevalent in rural than urban areas due to a higher recourse to junk food in the former.
  • A data mining venture in India to mine [not read] 73 million computerised journal articles, which is not yet clearly legal as the publishers object to it. Although the EU (and the UK) have laws authorising mining for non-commercial goals. (And India has looser regulations wrt copyright.)

the unsinkable…

Posted in Running with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2019 by xi'an

we need to talk about statistics

Posted in pictures, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on July 17, 2019 by xi'an

support for Remain comes first in latest YouGov survey

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2018 by xi'an

assistant professorships at Warwick Stats

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2018 by xi'an

There is an opening for three assistant professor positions in our department at the University of Warwick, starting next Fall. With a new Head of Department. The candidate should be an excellent academic in statistics (to be interpreted in the widest sense and to include both applied and methodological statistics, probability, probabilistic operational research and mathematical finance together with interdisciplinary topics involving one or more of these areas). Deadline is January 2019. (See this link from Warwick U for indications on how to get working rights from abroad. Uncertain Brexity times…)

a political ad?!

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2018 by xi'an