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Jun 27, 2018

XL-Files: BFF and BGF for IMS

Xiao-Li Meng writes: BFF again? Yes, and this time it is for Best Friends Forever, not another Bayesian, Fiducial and Frequentist workshop – for that you need to wait until [ More.. ]

Feb 16, 2018

XL-Files: It’s hard to publish, but impossible to unpublish

Xiao-Li Meng writes: My sabbatical orientation at Lugano (see the last XL-Files) boosted my over-confidence into double digits. Anyone who asked about my sabbatical plan would get an ambitious answer: [ More.. ]



Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng has attended some great meetings, with exotic acronyms, over the summer. He writes: No, these are not Chinglish or Pinyin. If you haven’t heard of ISIPTA-ECSQARU, [ More.. ]

Aug 30, 2017

XL-Files: The “IMS” Style – Inspirational, Mathematical and Statistical

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng (who is also the new President-Elect) writes about two of the IMS special invited lectures he was inspired by at the Joint Statistical Meetings: JSM has [ More.. ]

Jul 14, 2017

XL-Files: Why (good) statisticians tend to be happier

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: A good number of people have asked me about what have been the best and the worst parts of being a dean. Whereas the worst [ More.. ]

May 15, 2017

XL-Files: Bayesian, Fiducial and Frequentist: BFF4EVER

Xiao-Li Meng writes: I always enjoy making new friends, but I didn’t know the acronym “BFF” until June 17, 2014, when I attended ICSA-KISS Applied Statistical Symposium (acronym wisely avoided) [ More.. ]


Who _are_ all these people?

In last issue’s XL-Files, Xiao-Li Meng set a picture quiz. Nobody has yet correctly identified everyone in the pictures below. If you can, and you’re over 21, you’ll be invited [ More.. ]


XL-Files: 2016, In Memory and In Memoriam

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: “How could that happen?” was perhaps the question of the year for 2016. Other than a small percentage of perceptive minds, which I hope include [ More.. ]

Nov 17, 2016

XL-Files: A Nobel Prize in Statistics, finally…

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: A Nobel Prize in Statistics? Well, almost. The launching of the International Prize for Statistics (IPS), with its explicit references to the Nobel Prize (NP) [ More.. ]


XL-Files. Statistics vs Data Science: a 30-year-old prediction?

Xiao-Li Meng writes: Writing the last XL- Files on “Peter Hall of Fame” reminded me of a piece that I have wanted to write since attending Chin Long Chiang’s memorial [ More.. ]


XL-Files: Peter Hall of Fame

Xiao-Li Meng writes: For many statisticians, “Peter Hall” is a synonym for prolificacy. In his 40 years of professional career since his PhD in 1976, Peter had published over 600 [ More.. ]

May 22, 2016

XL-Files: Lectures (Marriages?) That Last

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: Other than zero, I have a hard time coming up with an estimate for the number of readers of my XL-Files of July 2013 who [ More.. ]

Dec 16, 2015

XL-Files: Yo-Yo Ma on Machine (or Massive) Learning

Xiao-Li Meng writes: Boston’s reputation of being a hub of universities was elevated recently by the inaugural HUBweek (Hospital, University and Business), which kicked off with a forum led by [ More.. ]

Oct 2, 2015

XL-Files: More Joy of Statistics, not (merely) Job of Statistics

Xiao-Li Meng writes: “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” This prediction by Professor Hal Varian in January 2009 (in The McKinsey [ More.. ]

Jul 14, 2015

XL-Files: The ABC of Wine and of Statistics?

  Xiao-Li Meng gives some advice to a student in a conundrum. After the final exam of my first Gen. Ed. course, Real-life Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery), [ More.. ]



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