ASA’s magazine: Excel’s default charts

Being in Bhutan this year, I have requested the American Statistical Association (ASA) and INFORMS to mail the magazines that come with my membership to Bhutan. Although I can access the magazines online, I greatly enjoy receiving the issues by mail (even if a month late) and leafing through them leisurely. Not to mention the ability to share them with local colleagues who are seeing these magazines for the first time! Now to the data-analytic reason for my post: The main article in the August 2010 issue of AMSTAT News (the ASA’s magazine) on Fellow Award: Revisited (Again) presented an “update to … Continue reading ASA’s magazine: Excel’s default charts

Data conversion and open-source software

Recently I was trying to open a data file that was created in the statistical software SPSS. SPSS is widely used in the social sciences (a competitor to SAS), and appears to have some ground here in Bhutan. Being in Bhutan with slow and erratic internet connection though, I’ve failed once and again to use the software through our school’s portal. Finding the local SPSS representative seemed a bit surreal, and so I went off trying to solve the problem in another way. First stop: Googling “convert .sav to .csv” lead me nowhere. SPSS and SAS both have an annoying … Continue reading Data conversion and open-source software

Simpson’s Paradox in Bhutan

This year I am on academic sabbatical, hence the lower rate of postings. Moreover, postings this year might have an interesting twist, since I am in Bhutan volunteering at an IT Institute. As part of the effort, I am conducting workshops on various topics on the interface of IT and data analysis. IT is quite at its infancy here in Bhutan, which makes me assess and use IT very differently than I am used to. My first posting is about Simpson’s paradox arising in a Bhutanese context (I will post separately on Simpson’s Paradox in the future): The Bhutan Survey … Continue reading Simpson’s Paradox in Bhutan