Monthly Archives: March 2020

I Used the R Package EpiCurve to Make an Epidemiologic Curve. Here’s How It Turned Out.

Epidemiologic Curve of 2015 Middle East Respiratory Virus Outbreak Using R EpiCurve Package

With all this talk about “flattening the curve” of the coronavirus, I thought I would get into the weeds about what curve we are talking about when we say that. We are talking about what’s called an epidemiologic curve, or epicurve for short. And to demonstrate what an epicurve is and what it means, I […]

Review of Boston University MPH Online Learning Modules for Teaching Graduate Level Public Health Online

Photograph of Boston University Medical Campus with Sign and Historic Buildings

Are you struggling to get through your public health degree? Maybe you need to finish a master’s thesis, but you are stuck on the statistics. Or, you let’s say you are a doctoral student, and your committee is not really helping you. You find yourself relying on online resources – like MPH online learning modules […]

Here is the Statistical Reason why Calculating the Coronavirus Mortality Rate is so Difficult

Purple top test tubes held by a hand with purple gloves in a lab

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) registered on our public health radar as a communicable infectious disease amongst humans, countries try to calculate their coronavirus mortality rate (otherwise known as case fatality rate). As a result, many different mortality rates have been reported, causing confusion. This article from Business Insider reports country-wide mortality rates that range from […]

Review of Snowflake “Data for Breakfast” – Boston, March 4, 2020

Panel discussion of speakers at Data for Breakfast

Snowflake is a new big data cloud back-end solution, and the company has been holding “Data for Breakfast” meetings in many different cities to introduce data scientists to their product. I went to the meeting held on March 4, 2020 at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston, and here is my review. Not My First […]

VP at Data Robot Tells Cautionary Tale of Data Science, AI, and Healthcare

Ice cream cone fallen upside down on a sidewalk.

I encourage those of you into data science and AI to sign up to receive digests from Data Science Central. I happened upon this web site when looking for some references for a book I am writing, and found some amazing articles. Since I’m into data science in and AI in healthcare, I was intrigued […]