Anirban’s Angle
We’re pleased to bring back Anirban’s Angle, a column from Anirban DasGupta. Acknowledgements: Jim Berger, Burgess Davis, Dominique Picard, Sara van de Geer, Hao Zhang. — Although my background and natural inclinations are theoretical, even for a die-hard theoretician it is both fun and useful to look at important data…

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Anirban DasGupta writes his last column, for now (he will be the new Bulletin editor from the next issue): On July 18, 2013, I wrote an email to Steve Stigler, which said: “Dear Steve, has any well-known person made a list of what she or he considers to be the…

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Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta writes: Lazily leafing through the pages of the 2012 World Almanac, I noticed a curiously common phenomenon. Be it the deserts, lakes, mountain peaks, rivers, or waterfalls in the world, or buildings, bridges, tunnels, books, operas, space expeditions—the most spectacular ones are visibly more impressive…

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Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta writes: It might well be an exercise in frivolity, but I see a common thread between Sherlock Holmes and the bootstrap. It’s randomized inference. A standard example in a statistics class is that if a coin is tossed 20 times, the 5% UMP unbiased test concludes…

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Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta writes: It is the mark of an instructed mind, said Aristotle, not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. Delicate and classy, still, the nature of mathematics is such that quantities of intrinsic importance often cannot be evaluated in a simple…

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