Browsing articles in "XL Files"

XL-Files: The Future of Statistics…?

Xiao-Li Meng writes: Life sometimes teases us. The older one gets, and hence the shorter future one has to contemplate, the more often one is asked to predict the future. [ More.. ]

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Mar 31, 2014

XL-Files: My Valentine’s Escape

Xiao-Li Meng finds it harder to escape statistics than he thought… The 2014 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Annual Meeting (held February 13–17) has given me a [ More.. ]

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Dec 14, 2013

XL-Files: Nobel Prize in Statistics?

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes. No, this was not inspired by my recent Ig Nobel experience. The idea has been around for a long time but it particularly inspired me [ More.. ]

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Nov 17, 2013

XL-Files: Romantic Regression towards the Mean

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng recently officiated at the wedding of two young colleagues. He writes: The International Year of Statistics seems to have brought me some unusually exciting, and challenging, [ More.. ]

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Oct 2, 2013

The XL-Files: Ig Nobel and 24/7

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: Life sometimes takes funny turns. Literally. The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony is an annual event organized by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), which is [ More.. ]

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Aug 29, 2013

X-L Files: Rejection Pursuit

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: As an assistant professor in late 1995, working on a unit-root AR(1) model, I came across a cute way of calculating moments with negative or [ More.. ]

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Jul 17, 2013

The XL-Files: From t to T

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: Giving a banquet speech after a whole conference day is never easy—few people long for yet another speech. My recent speech also faced an extra [ More.. ]

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May 16, 2013

The XL-Files: Statistical Classics and Classical Statistics

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: “How do you like your new job?” I keep getting asked. Like most jobs, mine has seen days I wished to forget before sunset and [ More.. ]

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The XL-Files: If You Think Statistics is Hard, Try History…

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: “Upstairs on the Square” is reputed in some circles to be the restaurant for dining and wining around Harvard Square. The probability therefore was not [ More.. ]

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Feb 27, 2013

The XL-Files: A Fundamental Link between Statistics and Humor

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: My new year’s reading started with a holiday gift: On the Money, a collection of over 400 cartoons in The New Yorker from 1925–2009. No, [ More.. ]

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