When I was out, a lot of people sent me leads and links which I did not have time to upload. Here are a few of them.
R is my daily bread and butter. It is probably the most used piece of statistical software, in the sense that most statisticians have a copy of it. I am lucky, because I am independent and I can choose to use what I like, and my luck is extended because of the beauty of R. Many statisticians are not so fortunate, however, and are forced to use something ugly, and ridiculously expensive, like SAS. Remind me to tell you sometime why SAS is so awful.
* Tom Hamill sent this Time’s article about the failure of Value at Risk (VAR) models in the finance industry. Our friend, Black Swan ego-boy Nicolas Taleb is there calling everybody idiots and “intellectual charlatans.”
* Tom also sent this along. Just click and then come back. Yes, people have truly lost their minds. Except for scanning for metal weapons, everything about airport security is useless and even harmful as it gives a false sense of security. Liquids? Don’t get me started. Strap a plastic bottle full of explosive fluid to a woman’s leg; as long as she wears a skirt, it gets through, etc., etc.
* My Aunt Kayla sent me this article, subtitled “Who will wear the Chief Probability Officer hat in your organization?” I hereby volunteer to be the CPO at any large company as long as my executive compensation package is at least half as large as any other officer. I’m not greedy. I’ll sit in my office all day with my auguries and predict. Incidentally, JMP is software developed by SAS when they realized SAS stunk.