no free lunch in statistics

Simon and Tibshirani recently posted a short comment on the Reshef et al MIC data mining paper I blogged about a while back: The proposal of Reshef et. al. (“MIC”) is an interesting new approach for discovering non-linear dependencies among pairs of measurements in exploratory data mining. However, it has a potentially serious drawback. The authors laud … Continue reading no free lunch in statistics

in defense of three of my favorite sayings

Seth Roberts takes issue with three popular maxims that (he argues) people use “to push away data that contradicts this or that approved view of the world”. He terms this preventive stupidity. I’m a frequent user of all three sayings, so I suppose that might make me preventively stupid; but I do feel like I … Continue reading in defense of three of my favorite sayings