humor

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Case of the 500-mile email

Trey Harris, a previous tech administrator for a university, tells the story of a statistics department that couldn’t send email farther than 500 miles away. The story is more about the peculiarities of server admin in 2002, but I’m more interested in those statisticians: “We could send email. Just not more than–“ “–500 miles, yes,” I finished for him, “I got that. But why didn’t you call earlier?” “Well, we...

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xkcd: technical analysis

Seems about right. Tags: humor, xkcd

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Soup-Salad-Sandwich space

The debate rages on about the categorization of food items as soup, salad, or sandwich. Is a hot dog a sandwich? It has meat in bread. At what ratio of solid to liquid does a stew become a soup? The Soup-Salad-Sandwich Space makes the classifications more explicit. You’re welcome. Tags: food, humor, sandwich

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Cohort and age effects

I’m just gonna put this xkcd comic right here. Tags: causation, humor, xkcd

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Lessons from posting a fake map about pies

Brian Brettschneider made a joke map randomly designating the favorite pies of certain areas. While intended as a joke and a parody of past “favorite” maps, some people took it too seriously — like Senator Ted Cruz. Brettschneider describes the lessons he learned: Maps hold a special standing among the public. We tend to place very high value in maps as holders of accurate information. If it’s in a map,...

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xkcd and the needle of probability

xkcd referenced the ever-so-loved forecasting needle. I’m so not gonna look at it this year. Maybe. Tags: humor, needle, uncertainty, xkcd

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xkcd: Curve-fitting messages

xkcd tells it like it is. Tags: curves, humor, xkcd

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xkcd: Disaster Movie

From xkcd, a blockbuster idea right here. Tags: humor, xkcd

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Little League baseball analytics that would change the game forever

Oh. So that’s why I was always placed in right field that one year. Little League Analytics pic.twitter.com/THf5FyqRF7 — PetrosAndMoneyShow (@PetrosAndMoney) June 14, 2018 Tags: baseball, humor

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xkcd: LeBron James and Stephen Curry pseudo-greatness

xkcd. Sometimes sports statistics are far-fetched. Tags: basketball, humor, Lebron James, Stephen Curry

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