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in honor of world statistics day I want to announce that my favorite statisticians are philippesaner, David Blackwell and William Sealy Gosset, in that order.

David Blackwell, in addition to being a truly wonderful mathematician, was the first African American to receive tenure at Berkeley and the first African American member of the NAS. He is also the source of yet another sweet anecdote about John von Neumann, who is my favorite mathematician, proto-computer engineer, amateur Babylonian historian, and wearer of suits, and is tied for my favorite physicist and former Princeton faculty member.

Gosset was a zany dude who graduated from Oxford with a degree in chemistry and mathematics and promptly, as you might expect, joined the Guiness Brewery. Because the brewery didn’t want him publishing all the top secret shit it paid him to learn about comparing one strain of barley to another strain of barley, all/most of his statistical work was published under the pen-name Student. Hence, one of the more useful families of sample distributions is called “Student’s t-distribution” and the associated test of statistical significance is called “Student’s t-test.” Unfortunately, he was also pals with eugenicists, but this is one of the tricky things about choosing favorite statisticians from before a few decades ago: most educated people who thought about evolutionary theory were eugenicists for a good century or so there, and statisticians tend to fall neatly in that boat.

Finally, I could tell you the wild reasons that Philippe is on my list, but no one would believe me

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if you forgot to wish me a Happy World Statistics Day yesterday then I’m not speaking to you until you sincerely apologizse

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I will rent any venue with the tagline “Let us host your event 75’ underground!”

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PSA: you can rent rooms at the diefenbunker for private functions. I’m emailing to see how affordable they are. Apparently the War Cabinet room can fit 150 people, so if it’s cheap enough then you’re all invited there for my next birthday party

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that lagrangian is the mathematical equivalent of trying to compress a novel into one word and then say it all at once. kind of like .. gender

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thank you nonbinarymollyringwald i’m ahouting very loudly that post is so so good and that lagrangian is so soo bad

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genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: the Lagrangian density for everything in the universe (except gravity)

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the Day is: the Lagrangian density for everything in the universe (except gravity)

(via nonbinarymollyringwald)

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scandals in feudalism: the king’s brother and his mistress the queen are trying to usurp the throne!

scandals in liberal democracy: someone you never heard of rented a wyoming rock to the wrong people for the wrong reasons

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kaishabackwards:

I think about this tweet a lot. 

similarly, the teapot dome scandal is named after a rock

kaishabackwards:

I think about this tweet a lot. 

similarly, the teapot dome scandal is named after a rock

(via jamvert)