David Hand on Dark Data

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 8 July 2024 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Hand about his book Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters. Argues that data analysis can benefit from a “dark data” perspective – carefully considering what is unseen. Discuss examples showing how this perspective sheds light on concepts as classical as random sampling and survey design and as cutting-edge as machine learning and the measurement of honesty.

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Hannah Fry: Understanding the Numbers of Cancer

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 11 June 2022 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hannah Fry about her examination of whether medical professionals and patients make the right choices around cancer treatment, whether patients get the facts and time they need to make rational decisions, and the risks of unnecessary overtreatment.

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Sir Walter F. Bodmer: From R.A. Fisher to Genomics

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 19 May 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sir Walter Bodmer about his recollections of R.A Fisher, his PhD advisor, who made foundational contributions to population genetics and statistics, but has been the subject of a cancellation controversy. Also discusses Bodmer’s work, the human genome project, The People of the British Isles Project, and more.

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David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

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How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford

At The Margin | 16 September 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Harford about his book How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. Warns against being misled by statistics but also warns of the need to get statistics right and take them seriously. Offers some rules of thumb for making sense of the information we see around us.

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David Spiegelhalter – The Art of Statistics

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 6 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with David Spiegelhalter, author of The Art of Statistics, sharing his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind chance from something more significant.

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Joshua Miller on the Hot Hand Phenomenon

Masters in Business | 28 March 2019 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Deliciously wonky interview with Joshua Miller about the ideas in his paper Surprised By the Hot Hand Fallacy? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers, which he co-authored with Adam Sanjurjo. Discusses in an accessible way the statistical concepts behind proving that hot hands do exist, thus confirming our intuition and disproving one of the famous examples of behavioural economics.

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