The week in stats (Oct. 21st edition)

  • Spreadsheets are user friendly, but they can also be dangerous. Patrick Burns explains why you should avoid spreadsheets and work with R instead.
  • How’s your fantasy team doing? Revolution Analytics compiles a series of Fantasy Football modelling articles by Boris Chen of New York Times.
  • Rexer Analytics has been conducting regular polls of data miners and analytics professionals on their software choices since 2007. They presented their results at the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey at last month’s Predictive Analytics World conference in Boston.
  • Everyone understands the p-value, except for those who don’t. Here is an example that once again shows the p-value – that workhorse of modern science – continues to be misinterpreted in even the top tiers of the scientific literature.
  • Despite all the hype surrounding big data and analytics, Louis Columbus of Forbes argues that the majority of business analysts lack access to the data and tools they need. Columbus explains why and how this should be changed.
  • Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State, represented all in one interactive map.

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