## More Bad Music; Class Wrap-Up; Go USA

Way Behind Back Thanks to everybody who stuck through the lectures, such as they were, for the last two weeks. I wrote these “lessons” over about a twenty-minute period each morning as […]

## Last Class

It was the Nines last night. Pizza, beer, and wine, followed by sketchy music. A definite conceit of statistics is its habit of declaring with something-approaching-certainty that this or that hypothesis is […]

## What Do You Really Want: Part II

Class is, thank God, rapidly coming to an end. I am sure we are all grateful. Here’s an addendum to yesterday; but only briefly explained. Because of the crush of the end […]

## What Do You Really Want? Modern Statistics. Lesson n+2

Only a couple of days left, everybody. Then back to more interesting subjects. Incidentally: when is the best time to contact a statistician? Before you begin to collect data. You do not […]

## Lesson n+1: Measurement & Observables

Just a very crude sketch today: it is not complete by any stretch. Naturally, the students in the summer class don’t receive this level of information. Best we can tell, the universe […]

## Lesson Somethingorother: Against the P-value

I’ve lost count of the lesson numbers. The definition of a p-value, here phrased in the incorrectly named “test of difference in means”, is: Given the truth of a probability model used […]

## No Post Today

Yesterday, the joint classes went on a tour of the Seneca Lake wineries. At those wineries we tasted wines—many, many different wines. One particular winery started us off with a selection that […]

## Lesson Zero: Lecturing, Churchill, and End of the World

Teaching as Performance The class is two weeks of solid statistics. Eight hours a day weeks; save the weekends. I don’t know about other instructors, but my technique is to try to […]