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Statistics Woo!

I hope in my next life I get to come back as a statistician. I guess there’s nothing stopping me from doing that now, and maybe it’s just the Monster talking, but right now there seems to be nothing more interesting to me regression, link functions, and ordinal regression. There’s just this awesome beauty in using math backwards that requires creativity and insight. This really started to click for me when I learned about Monte Carlo integration. How clever to realize that, as computing power grew, instead of using integration to figure out how random variables would behave, we can instead use their simulated behavior to do integration! How many other mathematical things can we turn on their head? When will we use chemistry to understand addition, or physics to understand differentiation?

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December 10, 2009 - Posted by | Academic, Personal | , , ,

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