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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Physical College Classrooms are so Yesterday. Why Are We Still Studying Deeper Learning in Face-to-Face Settings?

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My colleague who is a professor at Fitchburg State University studies deeper learning in face-to-face and online approaches in higher education. The idea is that if educators use deeper learning approaches, the students will learn more efficiently. Others have talked to me about deeper learning, and when I looked into it, I found that the […]

We Analyzed Public Data on Massachusetts Casinos and Were Surprised by What We Found

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My colleague Josie Haywood, President of Wiseiye, Inc. which is a data science company in the fintech space, alerted me to the overtures to minority- and women-owned small businesses being made by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MCG). On November 14, 2019, the MCG held a meeting specifically to encourage minority- and women-owned businesses to serve […]

I Installed the Free “SAS University Edition” and Here’s What I Recommend: Part 2

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In Part 1, I introduced you to the old way of installing PC SAS, and pointed out that I hoped that installing free SAS University Edition will go better. Well, here’s some sunshine: it actually is better than the olden days. In the olden days, here were the steps for installing PC SAS: Get enrolled […]

I Installed the Free “SAS University Edition” and Here’s What I Recommend: Part 4

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This blog post is part of my series on how to get up and running with free SAS University Edition. SAS says there are four steps to doing this, but each step is pretty complicated. The previous post in the series covers the first two steps, and this post covers the third and fourth step. […]

I Installed the Free “SAS University Edition” and Here’s What I Recommend: Part 1

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A few years ago, I spoke at the Women in Data Science conference, as I mentioned in a LinkedIn article I wrote about how students are rejecting SAS and instead focusing on R and Python. At that conference, one of the students asked a good question: “If you want us to learn SAS, that’s fine, […]