Resources for Learning Bayesian Statistics

As a social scientist turned data scientist, my graduate school training taught me a lot of frequentist statistics that has served me well in my career since. However, there’s one thing that frequentist statistics can’t solve, and that’s my lack of a personality. For that, we’ve got Bayesian statistics, the perfect substitute. I’ve spent the last year or so gradually trying to become more Bayesian in my approach to statistical reasoning and analysis, and while there’s quite a few really good resources for supporting that journey, it can be a little difficult to know where to start....

May 10, 2022 · 8 min · 1603 words

Combining Tidymodels and Caret for Machine Learning in R

The two main approaches to building machine learning models in R are caret and tidymodels. Having tried both, I found that I struggled to pick my favorite. There’s elements of both that made more intuitive sense to me than the other. I think it’s a product of having become very familiar with the tidyverse, particularly dplyr, for data wrangling, but still using a lot of Base R functions for statistical modeling....

May 7, 2022 · 6 min · 1244 words

Make More Packages!

Having learned R in an academic context, I wasn’t exposed to programming in a linear path that taught me the basics of programming theory and application. I learned how to carry out statistical analysis using R, and my interaction with packages was that they would help me get the job done without having to do everything manually. As a result, package development has always intimidated me a little bit. It seemed like the responsibility of much smarter people that know what they’re doing, and that can build packages that can help me figure out what I’m doing too....

February 19, 2022 · 7 min · 1319 words

Making Myself Accountable

One of my goals when setting up this site was to use the blog section reasonably frequently to share some of my work and share anything particularly interesting that I’ve learned in my development as a data scientist. There hasn’t been much sharing going on. I’d like to think that isn’t because I haven’t done or learned anything interesting (…), I just haven’t found the time to share it. I’m the ideas man....

January 17, 2022 · 1 min · 213 words