NaN versus NA in R

R has two different ways of representing missing data and understanding each is important for the user. NaN means “not a number” and it means there is a result, but it cannot be represented in the computer. The second, NA, explains that the data is just missing for unknown reasons.

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Thoughts on Monty Hall

Perhaps the less said about the Monty Hall Problem, the better, as many barrels of ink have been spilt in debate over the correct solution. The Monty Hall Problem is a standard problem from statistics to show the different results between statistical reasoning and intuitive responses. Due to the different

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JSM 2016

I received word back from the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings. As noted back in February, I proposed to JSM a presentation on retrospective social discount rates. This came from my dissertation and you can read more about it there. Yesterday, I got word that my proposal had been accepted for

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