Browsing articles in "XL Files"
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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