For The Pudding, Lars Verspohl provides an introduction to statistical models disguised as a lesson on finding good wine. Start with a definition of wine, which becomes a way to describe it with the numbers. Define what makes a wine good. Find the wines that look closer to that definition.
Teaching statistical models with wine tasting
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Data, R, and a 3-D Printer
We almost always look at data through a screen. It’s quick and good for exploration. So is there value in making data physical? I played around with a 3-D printer to find out.
Surprise, Less Happiness During Pandemic
Since 1972, the General Social Survey has asked people about their happiness. It never changed much — until 2020 happened.
Unemployment and Occupation
Unemployment has hit some industries more than others. Here’s how the most recent estimates compare against last year’s.