Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top 10

Top 10 Reasons to be a Statistician

10. Deviation is considered normal
9. You feel complete and sufficient
8. You always wanted to learn the entire Greek alphabet anyway
7. You can legally comment on someone's posterior distribution
6. You may not be normal but you are transformable
5. You never have to say you are certain
4. You are honestly significantly different
3. You never have to be right - only close
2. Estimating parameters is easier than dealing with real life
1. Statisticians are normal, everyone else is skewed

Monday, August 16, 2010

JSM Final Update

Well, in my last post I said I would let you know how JSM is going. And then I didn't write again. I have been home from JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) for about a week and a half, and I figure I should keep my promise.

The hostel I stayed in was quite nice. They fed us breakfast every morning (and it was pretty good too) and the rooms and "washrooms" (as they say in Canadia) were clean and orderly. It was located in a convenient part of town, near quite a few restaurants and sources of entertainment. Of course, by the time I was through with my meetings every day I just wanted to eat dinner and go to sleep. So that's what I did. The food was pretty good, not much different than what you would find in the U.S. except that the fish there was much better than in Utah.

The scenery was beautiful. And being the me that I am, I didn't take a camera. Thankfully, my good friend, James, had brought his camera and kindly took a few pictures of me. The first two were on Sunday, and it was chilly. The last picture was on my last day, the day I presented my poster.

Ephraim and me. I didn't get a picture with James (oops).

Me and the cruise ship that would've been fun to go on.
Lookin' good, no?

My poster session went well. I got a lot of questions that I was able to answer, and a few that inspired ideas for the rest of my research.

Overall, the conference was a success. I had a great time and learned quite a lot. (Also, I met Lance Waller from Emory University. He's the 3rd author on my published paper.) Definitely successful.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

JSM update

I am currently sitting in my room at the hostel. The smells of dinner on Granville street waft up and into my window. I'm hungry. This morning I went to a very spiritual sacrament meeting in an LDS ward not far away. I wish I could explain how nice it was to hear such powerful testimonies of Jesus Christ. It was wonderful.
I'm getting better at typing on the iPod but I'm glad it corrects my mistakes most of the time. JSM has been mostly interesting so far and I have gotten a few ideas to add to my research. Hopefully it stays as interesting in the next few days. I present my poster on Wednesday morning, so wish me luck with that.
I am out of time for now. It's time for dinner (finally). Hopefully I will have more to share later. For now, peace out.