22 Jul

Many statistical “gold standards” aren’t perfect, but that’s why they’re perfectly named

Statisticians and computer scientists often use the term “gold standard” for the best possible benchmark you could have when trying to estimate something. For example, Elizabeth Sweeney has worked on algorithms for tagging brain lesions in MRIs, and compares the results against a gold standard of human neurologists attempting Read More

06 Apr

Mission Statement for the Blog

In this blog, I’ll talk about issues in statistics from a graduate student’s perspective. Some specific topics include: surviving a PhD, enjoying a PhD, designing intuitive graphics, and dealing with high dimensional data. There will also be musings from time to time about food/cooking (i.e. JHSPH Biostat Chili Cookoff Read More