Anirban’s Angle
Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta explores how citation indices are created: Some love them, some hate them, but citation indices are heartily gobbled up by administrators in tenure and promotion decisions. It has also been argued that funding should be tied to citation history (Nicholson and Ioannidis, Nature, 2012). Adler,…

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  Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta writes: A wonderful thing about tenure is that once I had it, I never had to control my irresistible urge to waste my time on the most useless of all things. The other day, a close friend said to me, “But I was almost right!”…

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Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta writes: Perhaps it says something about human psychology that if a theoretical model for some problem makes predictions — better yet, sensational or bizarre predictions — which later come out to be true, then we take the model more seriously. But should we? After all, other…

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Anirban DasGupta reminisces on the fond relationships that have developed over the years between statisticians from India and UC Berkeley.

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Anirban DasGupta writes: PhD students in statistics departments across the world are asked to take a course on the core theory of inference, the so-called “qualifier theory course”. I took mine at the ISI in Calcutta in 1977. It was masterfully taught by K.K. Roy, and covered what was essentially…

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