I’m debating the idea (hype) of flipping the classroom for one of my classes next Fall where students watch lecture videos at home (or elsewhere) so I could spend class time doing more hands-on activities like discussing the art of data analysis and how to solve problems with statistics. I think Khan Academy, Udacity, and… Read more »
This post does a fantastic job of the Mahalanobis distance. Basically, one can think of it as a multivariate generalization of the z-score. That is, the standardized distance of a vector from the origin (mean vector).
Many times when I teach, I often want to keep a copy of what I write on the board. Why? I can have a softcopy to refer to when students have follow-up questions, I can re-use these notes for the next discussion if there are only a few people, and I can re-use them in… Read more »
For some reason I’ve been wanting to learn how to make chemical structure diagrams. I have no use for them, but I just want to know how to draw them on the computer. I found out the programs that make such diagrams are called “molecule editors.” A quick search yielded a lot of proprietary software,… Read more »
When I want to find information, Google is my #1 resource. The syntax trick I use most which I learned in the research writing class (Writing 39C) at UCI is “The first word is the most important” (the first word narrows the search!). Some other tricks are “- Don’tWantThisWord” and ‘ “this quote exactly” .’… Read more »
Check out the movie15 package for including multimedia inside in Beamer slides. Some references are here, here, and here. Note that movies are currently playable in only Adobe Reader/Acrobat. Mac’s Preview and other pdf readers currently do not support it. However, I know hope support will be given in the near future.
Been wanting to do an interactive/animated plot like the one here for a while (go to the Taylor example). Sage looks like a good program to generate animated graphics, but R is my primary language of choice as a statistician. I don’t want to learn another language just for a single feature (although the other… Read more »