Background/Problem: I was looking for a list of R-programming freelancers and realised there is no such list.
Other than famous people and people I already talk to, I don’t know even a small fraction of the R community—let alone people who do R among other things and don’t participate in the mailing lists or chatrooms I do.
Solution: I thought about making a publicly-editable website where freelancers can put their contact info, specialty areas, links to projects, preferred kind of work, rates, and so on.
Of course, I’d have to make the login system. And validate users. And fight spam. And think up some database models, change the fields if someone suggests something better…. And it would be nice to link to StackOverflow, Github, CRAN, and …
The more I thought about it the more I favoured a solution where someone else does all the work. GitHub already has a validation system, usernames, logins, and a publicly editable “wiki”. MVP. No maintenance, no vetting, no development. GitHub already shows up in google so whoever searches for “hire an R programmer” will find you if you put your details there.
It’s actually unbelievable that we’ve had R-Bloggers as a gathering place for so long, but nowhere central to list who’s looking for work.
So I committed https://github.com/isomorphisms/hire-an-r-programmer/blob/gh-pages/README.md which is a markdown file you can add your information to, if you want to be found by recruiters who are looking for R programmers. Forking is a good design pattern for this purpose as well. Add whatever information you want, and if you think I’m missing some fields you can add those as well. Suggestions/comments also welcome below.
“It’s true that the financial sector enjoyed disproportionate rents but it’s not true that the smartest and brightest work there. …[T]he place is littered with failed scientists. Worse, it’s littered with idiot savants. There are once in a while people working there who have trained for the job — Very good PhDs in finance and economics, for example, or good M&A lawyers, and they usually strike me as the ones who offer the best contributions to their organizations.”—
… an early 20th-century Danish system of dynamic exercise called Primitive Gymnastics. … developed by a Scandinavian gymnastics teacher less than a century ago? This gymnast had not been to India and had never received any teaching in asana. And yet his system, with its five-count format, its abdominal “locks,” and its dynamic jumps in and out of those oh-so-familiar postures, looked uncannily like the vinyasa yoga system….
… the Danish system was an offshoot of a 19th-century Scandinavian … revolution…. Systems based on the Scandinavian model sprang up throughout Europe …. These systems also found their way to India. …
… yoga asana is commonly presented as a practice handed down for thousands of years, originating from the Vedas … and not as some hybrid of Indian tradition and European gymnastics.
… Postures such as those we know today… were subordinate to other practices like Pranayama (expansion of the vital energy by means of breath), dharana (focus, or placement of the mental faculty), and nada (sound), and did not have health and fitness as their chief aim. Not, that is, until the sudden explosion of interest in postural yoga in the 1920s and 1930s, first in India and later in the West.
follow-up: @_onionesque is one of Mark Singleton’s detractors:
There’s a paper in PNAS suggesting that lots of published scientific associations are likely to be false, and that Bayesian considerations imply a p-value threshold of 0.005 instead of 0.05 would be good. It’s had an impact outside the statistical world, eg, with a post on … Ars Technica…
4. False negatives are errors, too. People already report “there was no association between X and Y ” (or worse “there was no effect of X on Y”) in subgroups where the p-value is greater than 0.05. If you have the same data and decrease the false positives you have to increase the false negatives.
5. The problem isn’t the threshold so much as the really weak data in a lot of research, …. Larger sample sizes or better experimental designs would actually reduce the error rate; moving the threshold only swaps which kind of error you make.
7. And finally, why is it a disaster that a single study doesn’t always reach the correct answer? Why would any reasonable person expect it to? It’s not as if we have to ignore everything except the results of that one experiment in making any decisions.
“Winthrop also subscribed to the belief that the native peoples who lived in the hinterlands around the colony had been struck down by G-d, who sent disease among them because of their non-Christian beliefs:
“But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as G-d hath thereby cleared our title to this place…”—
Over a year ago, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Journal of Computational Sciences, urging the retraction of Bollen, Mao, and Zeng’s paper, “Twitter Mood Predicts the Stock Market.” Since JoCS is an Elsevier journal, one does not simply email the editor.
Rather, one has to register with the Elsevier author system, … submit LaTeX source code of a letter, along with supporting documents, author bio, .… I distilled the main arguments into two:
first, that the Granger causality tests presented in BMZ’s paper are … datamining, and present no evidence for a connection between Twitter and the Dow Jones Index;
and that the quoted predictive accuracy of the forecast model is so high, it would … [contradict] the experiences of … [traders] … and so this forecast accuracy is likely to be erroneously reported.
I included references to BMZ’s failed attempts to commercialize their patented techniques with Derwent.
Following the strictest protocol, the editor of JoCS duly sent this letter to reviewers …. After roughly seven months, …
The reviewers’ comments were more than fair. If my arguments were unclear, I was more than happy to reword them and provide additional evidence to get my point across. So I edited my letter to the editor, and re-sent it. …
…within two months or so (the equivalent of overnight in journal-time), the editor sent me a rejection notice with … review, quoted below. This review—this review is sensational. As one afflicted with Hamlet Syndrome, I admire Reviewer #4’s conviction. As someone too often in search of the right phrase to dismiss a crap idea, I take delight in Reviewer #4’s acid pen: I have never seen a reviewer so viciously shit-can a paper before. Reviewer #4 tore my letter to pieces, then burned the pieces. Then poured lye on the ashes. Then salted the earth where the lye sizzled. Then burnt down the surrounding forest, etc.…
“Democrats have typically argued that no one company should control more than one-third of existing mobile spectrum—to ensure the existence of at least 3 competitors.
Republicans maintain that spectrum ought to be allocated through open markets — if a company has succeeded in attracting customers and cash flow, it deserves access to the spectrum necessary to serve them.”—
Bruce Gottlieb, US antitrust lawyer
Step one. Appeal to market liberalisation, the benefits of competition, private over public management, and capitalism-as-servitude.
Step two. Social Darwinism. Whoever “won” the market gets licence to a rival public resource (spectrum), preventing new entrants and locking in their lead over existing competitors.
Step two-and-a-half. What happened to the benefits to consumers? What happened to competition? Now the justification for the state granting monopoly has become to incent “winning”. Let’s hope the winner didn’t use money from another line of business to snatch the lead at this particular point in time.
Step three. Winner takes all. Survival of the fittest indeed.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Captain.................A leader and a politician. Believes that
any action is better than no action.
Executive Officer.......Cautious but intelligent -- a survivor.
Navigator...............Adventurer; brash glory-hound.
Communications..........Tech Intellectual; a romantic.
Mining Engineer.........High-strung; came along to make his
Engine Tech.............A worker. Unimaginative.
The crew is unisex and all parts are interchangeable for men or women.
These characters are so lifelike. I feel like I know a Cleave Hunter.
We often speak of an object being composed of various other objects. We say that the deck is composed of the cards, that a road is [composed of asphalt or concrete], that a house is composed of its walls, ceilings, floors, doors, etc.
Suppose we have some material objects. Here is a philosophical question: what conditions must obtain for those objects to compose something?
If something is made of atomless gunk then it divides forever into smaller and smaller parts—it is infinitely divisible. However, a line segment is infinitely divisible, and yet has atomic parts: the points. A hunk of gunk does not even have atomic parts ‘at infinity’; all parts of such an object have proper parts.
Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline. Maybe the second line has to be sung in such a sweet voice because the underlying consumerist message is so ugly. The first line is whispered, like gossip, something women are known to do all the time; it’s actually genetically selected for by evolution. Maybe she’s born with that butt. Maybe it’s plastic surgery.