Weekly links for July 15

Felix Salmon on how economists get tripped up by statistics , a summary of The illustion of predictability: how regression statistics mislead experts by Emre Soyer and Robin Hogarth. Here’s Andrew Gelman’s response.

Jeffrey Stanton of Syracuse has written an introductory textbook on data science, available free online in PDF format. (There’s also an interactive version for the iPad, which I can’t vouch for because I don’t have an iPad.)

Graham Wheeler writes for Significance magazine on the probability that your home HIV test is a false alarm.

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic tells us eleven ways in which consumers are bad at math

how high would you have to launch something in New York for it to be visible in Los Angeles?

A guide to mining Twitter with R.

Norm Matloff’s text From Algorithms to Z-Score: Probabilistic and Statistical Modeling in Computer Science is a text for a course in mathematical probability and statistics for CS students.

What are the chances of finding a golden ticket in a Caramilk bar? Jeffrey Rosenthal knows. (Incidentally, Jeffrey Rosenthal is my academic uncle. I also have a biological uncle named Jeffrey. What are the chances of that?)

At New York’s Lincoln Center, this week, there’s an opera based on the life of Émilie du Châtelet.

I’m looking for a job, in the SF Bay Area. See my my LinkedIn profile

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