Saturday, August 04, 2007

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007


New Scientist recently had an article about e [subscription of some sort required for full article], everybody's second favourite mathematical constant. (pi is everyone's favourite mathematical constant, obviously). It talked, in a relatively non-technical manner, about the reasons why e was exciting. It didn't talk about its role in statistics, in, for example, the normal distribution, but it's probably too difficult to do that without assuming some prior knowledge. [Did someone say too boring? Out of the room! NOW!]

Language Log on Odds Ratios

There was an interesting post on the presentation of odds ratios on the Language Log Blog, the other day. They give some examples of odds ratios being deceptive, confusing and misunderstood. It's been said plenty of times, by plenty of people (including me) but it's interesting that linguists are saying it too.