Teaching modern stats – and assessing reasoning – at scale

If you are an instructor who teaches large-enrollment introductory statistics courses and wishes to teach a modern data-driven course, read on. You know about the challenges of assessing student mastery in courses where there are hundreds – or even thousands! – of students and little or no support for grading […]

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Understanding which baseball players are the strongest hitters

Just days after the baseball season has started, two 10th-graders from a public high school in Delaware and their math teacher are headed to Furman University for the Carolinas Sports Analytics Meeting on Saturday to talk baseball. The students, Umar Khan and Tyler Schanzenbach, both 15 years old, are presenting […]

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Proper and improper use of Definitive Screening Designs (DSDs)

In 2011, my colleague Prof. Chris Nachtsheim and I introduced Definitive Screening Designs (DSDs) with a paper in the Journal of Quality Technology. A year later, I wrote a JMP Blog post describing these designs using correlation cell plots. Since their introduction, DSDs have found applications in areas as diverse […]

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Better hard-boiled eggs with our eggsperiment

In my post last week, I discussed our latest eggsperiment with hard-boiled eggs – and now it’s time for the results! As a reminder of the factors, we had hard-to-change factors: Cooking Start (Hot/Cold) Cooking Time (10 minutes, 12 minutes, 14 minutes) Salt (0 tsp, ½ tsp, 1 tsp) Vinegar […]

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Better decisions and trade-offs

Creative thinker and problem solver, Christine Anderson-Cook, is this month’s featured guest on Analytically Speaking. She has worked with the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2004, and currently leads a number of projects on complex system reliability, nonproliferation, malware detection and statistical process control. Our discussion […]

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Statisticians have their choice of playgrounds

The Improbability Principle author David J. Hand will address Discovery Summit Europe attendees on March 16 in Amsterdam. Here’s a preview of his keynote talk: The world relies increasingly on data and statistics. Statistics serves as a bridge between the silos of science, it underlies the successes of commerce, and […]

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Analyzing Manning and Brady over the years

If you follow pro football (and probably even if you don't), you know that last night the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots to earn their spot in Super Bowl 50. But as if a shot at the Super Bowl wasn't big enough, this game meant even more than […]

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So, you like hearing from our developers

Last year, you heard from many people in JMP Development here in this blog. And it turns out you liked that best! Almost all of the top 10 posts of 2015 were written by R&D folks, and that's not a surprise. Our developers have tons of useful information and examples, […]

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The power of passion and curiosity

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Curiosity and passion can be powerful levers in opening new doors, making new discoveries and doing better — so says Jason Brinkley, Senior […]

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New book gift ideas for analytical friends and family

Having polled some of my erudite friends and colleagues as well as having finished some noteworthy books these last several months, I developed a book list that may help with your holiday shopping (even if it’s for yourself). In preparing this list, I thought it might be useful to include […]

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