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Judea Pearl, today, at Stanford

Monday November 15, 2010

Filed under: statistics — jackman @ 11:40 am

I’m in Madrid, teaching the Bayes material at Juan March. But at Stanford today, Judea Pearl is speaking in the Statistics Department:

Monday, November 15, 4:15pm: Statistics Seminar, Sequoia Hall Room 200
Judea Pearl, UCLA
“Causal inference: Mathematical foundations and practical applications”
Abstract via URL: http://www.stanford.edu/group/probability/

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Tufte’s rare books

Friday November 12, 2010

Filed under: type — jackman @ 10:26 pm

From Ed Tufte, of whom I am insanely jealous…

I’m auctioning my library of rare books, which includes most all of the statistical graphics and epidemiology classics at Christie’s in New York on December 2. This includes Minard maps, nearly all the Playfairs, and all the books used in my 4 books about analytical thinking and design.

Here’s the electronic link to the catalog:

http://www.christies.com/calendar/index.aspx?month=12&year=2010&scids=13

and then click on “ecatalogue”.

Tufte then goes on to give his account of the auction:

Great books foster, transmit, and preserve forever knowledge. The books in my research library were always meant to be used: read, skimmed, read aloud, exhibited, photographed, shared, treasured. And thus my library, which I thought of as The Museum of Cognitive Art, participated intensely in my research, scholarship, writing, teaching, design. For 30 years, the everyday presence of these wonderful books in my life was inspiring and challenging.

I sought to write, design, and publish books worthy of my research library: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983, 2001), Envisioning Information (1990), Visual Explanations (1997), and Beautiful Evidence (2006).

The collection articulated my interests and needs in making my books abut analytical thinking, seeing, showing: high science (Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Lambert), high art (Dürer, Dufy, Picasso, Ernst, Derain, Albers), practical science (history of perspective, dance notation, magic, aviation, and landscape architecture especially Repton), the history of statistical graphics (nearly all of William Playfair’s books, Marey, Minard), epidemiology (Graunt, John Snow), mapping (Halley, Minard), illustrated books (fish, birds, and whatever), and the classics of book design (Hypnerotomachia, Byrnes’ color Euclid, Eric Gill, Bruce Rogers, John Henry Nash, and books published by Giovanni Mardersteig’s Officina Bodoni press). Their time past became my time present and time future.

This diverse and quirky collection found a certain unity in my own books. The relation between my work and the research library is described in several catalog entries.

With this auction, my research library will turn into open-space land (in perpetuity) for making and exhibiting my landscape sculpture and into a museum and gallery, ET Modern, in New York’s Chelsea art district.

Of course, there’s another book (Seeing Around, 2013?) underway as well. There always is.

Edward Tufte

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office hours

Tuesday November 9, 2010

Filed under: general — jackman @ 12:39 pm

To students trying to catch up with me over the next few weeks. It might be best if you tried to contact me personally for an appointment, since my office hours are subject to some interruption and cancellation:
Wed Nov 10: 2-3.

Wed Nov 16: no office hours.

Wed Nov 23: no office hours
Wed Dec 1: regular office hours, 2-4.
Wed Dec 8: no office hours.

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The jet stream giveth, the jet stream taketh away

Saturday November 6, 2010

Filed under: flight nerdery — jackman @ 10:12 pm

I was in Montreal for a quick visit: a conference at McGill on the turnout over-report problem in surveys (worth a separate post).

Flying out of YUL last night, my flight to IAD on United Express was delayed 30mins. I only had an hour layover in IAD, so I was thinking a blown connection was likely. As we pushed at YUL the pilot said the headwinds were running over 100kts at cruise, and that our anticipated en route time was 1hr 48min, meaning that I would have something like 20mins to make the SFO flight at IAD.

There is no channel 9 on United Express, but I think our pilot got us to a lower altitude once we got abeam of NYC, below the northerly jet stream. A few precious minutes were blown as I waited for my gate-checked roller (it couldn’t fit in the cabin on the United Express RJ we had YUL-IAD).

I ran through IAD, from the regional terminal A to gate D15, via the IAD inter-terminal train, got over to C. Ran all the way to D from the train terminal. Wearing a suit, lugging my backpack, dragging a roller, I made it to the gate for SFO on the verge of a cardiac event. 9.56pm. 10.01pm published departure. And of course the door was closed, the agents were locking the jetway. I was pissed.

A night at the Dulles Hilton. Then a 767 IAD-SFO this morning. The north-south orientation of the jetstream meant that the usual headwinds were not a factor, and we made it to SFO over an hour early. Not bad. Seat 1F to boot.

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