Browsing articles in "XL Files"

XL-Files: Frequent(ist) Flu and Fiducial Cure?

Xiao-Li Meng writes: Some events in life repeat, although not necessarily in an i.i.d.* fashion. For some unlucky or lucky ones (see my last XL-Files) this has been a season [ More.. ]

Dec 16, 2014

XL-Files: Pray with me, statistically

Xiao-Li Meng writes: Perhaps because of my adventure a year ago officiating Yves and Victoria’s happy wedding (see December 2013 XL-Flies), I was invited back to the same church a [ More.. ]


XL-Files: Leadership: are you open for it?

Contributing Editor Xiao-Li Meng writes: In addition to increasingly frequent requests to predict the future (see the last XL-Files), another sure sign of “professional aging” is being asked to talk [ More.. ]


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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]

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.. ]


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.. ]

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.. ]

Dec 19, 2012

The XL Files: Statisticians’ Impact, from Backyard to Bedroom?

Our new Contributing Editor, Xiao-Li Meng, used to be Chair of Harvard’s Department of Statistics, and has recently been appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at [ More.. ]


Bulletin columns: Rick Durrett and Xiao-Li Meng

Rick’s Ramblings is Going Online Rick Durrett bids us farewell—in this publication, at least. He wrote [in the print version, December 2012 issue]: My ideas for columns come at random [ More.. ]



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