Now, Andy did you hear about this one?

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now. We tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how. – Kiki and Herb Well I hope you all ended your 2017 with a bang.  Mine went out on a long-haul flight crying so hard at a French AIDS drama that the flight attendant delivering my meal had to ask if I was ok. (Gay culture is keeping a running ranking of French AIDS dramas, so I can tell you that this BPM was my second favourite.) And I hope you spent your New Year’s Day well. Mine went on jet lag and watching I, Tonya in the cinema. (Gay culture is a lot to do with Tonya Harding especially after Sufjan Stevens chased his songs in Call Me By Your Name with the same song…
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We need to stop sacrificing women on the altar of deeply mediocre men (ISBA edition)

(This is not Andrew. I would ask you not to speculate in the comments who S is, this is not a great venue for that.) Kristian Lum just published an essay about her experiences being sexually assaulted at statistics conferences.  You should read the whole thing because it’s important, but there’s a sample paragraph. I debated saying something about him at the time, but who would have cared? It was a story passed down among female graduate students in my circles that when one woman graduate student was groped at a party by a professor and reported it to a senior female professor, she was told that if she wanted to stay in the field, she’d just have to get used to it. On many occasions, I have been smacked on the butt at conferences. No one ever seemed to…
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Always crashing in the same car

“Hey, remember me?  I’ve been busy working like crazy” – Fever Ray I’m at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) for the week, which is basically a Canadian version of Disneyland where during coffee breaks a Canadian woman with a rake politely walks around telling elk to “shoo”. The topic of this week’s workshop isn’t elk-shooing, but (more interestingly) spatial statistics.  But the final talk of the workshop spurred some non-spatial thoughts. Lance Waller was tasked with drawing together the various threads from the last few days, but he actually did something better. He spent his 45 minutes talking about the structures and workflows that make up applied spatial statistics. Watch the talk. It’s interesting. Rage of Travers The one thing in the talk that I strongly disagreed with in Lance’s talk was the way he talked about priors in Bayesian…
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Why won’t you cheat with me?

But I got some ground rules I’ve found to be sound rules and you’re not the one I’m exempting. Nonetheless, I confess it’s tempting. – Jenny Toomey sings Franklin Bruno It turns out that I did something a little controversial in last week’s post. As these things always go, it wasn’t the thing I was expecting to get push back from, but rather what I thought was a fairly innocuous scaling of the prior. One commenter (and a few other people on other communication channels) pointed out that the dependence of the prior on the design didn’t seem kosher.  Of course, we (Andrew, Mike and I) wrote a paper that was sort of about this a few months ago, but it’s one of those really interesting topics that we can probably all deal with thinking more about. So in this…
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The king must die

“And then there was Yodeling Elaine, the Queen of the Air. She had a dollar sign medallion about as big as a dinner plate around her neck and a tiny bubble of spittle around her nostril and a little rusty tear, for she had lassoed and lost another tipsy sailor“– Tom Waits It turns out I turned thirty two and became unbearable. Some of you may feel, with an increasing sense of temporal dissonance, that I was already unbearable. (Fair point) Others will wonder how I can look so good at my age. (Answer: Black Metal) None of that matters to me because all I want to do is talk about the evils of marketing like the 90s were a vaguely good idea. (Narrator: “They were not. The concept of authenticity is just another way for the dominant culture to suppress more interesting…
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Contour as a verb

Contour as a verb Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania – The Mountain Goats (In which I am uncharacteristically brief) Andrew’s answer to recent post reminded me of one of my favourite questions: how do you visualise uncertainty in spatial maps.  An interesting subspecies of this question relates to exactly how you can plot a contour map for a spatial estimate.  The obvious idea is to take a point estimate (like your mean or median spatial field) and draw a contour map on that. But this is problematic because it does not take into account the uncertainty in your estimate.  A contour on a map indicates a line that separates two levels of a field, but if you do not know the value of the field exactly, you cannot separate it precisely.  Bolin and Lindgren have constructed a…
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