Jeff Leek

February 7, 2022

What data should we store forever? Or a new superpower for sufficient statistics!

I'm getting geeked up about my new role at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. One part of the new job the nerd in me is particularly excited about is how to make data governance easier/better/more useful at an institutional scale. As anyone who has spent time in genomics, or really any other field that has been hit by the data...
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April 9, 2021

Publishing stats papers in general science journals

I got an email request to write a blog post about how I go about trying to publish statistics papers in general purpose journals like Nature, Science, PNAS, etc. One recent example of such a paper is our work on the problem of post-prediction inference that appeared in PNAS. But we have a few others over the years in these journals. I'...
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March 29, 2021

Writing kindling

Whenever I need to write something - a grant, a paper, a report - and I'm stuck, I use writing "kindling" to get started. This is an example of writing "kindling". It is basically any quick thing I can dash off, where there are no consequences to the writing whatsoever. It lets me start to type words without really feeling the pressure...
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March 16, 2021

Design choices in taking our class online for the pandemic

Like many faculty, last summer we had to scramble to figure out how to transition what had always been an in person course to an online format. I have taught Advanced Data Science off and on for the last 8 years. While I've taught a lot of classes online, this has never been one of them! So last summer we set out to re-design the cours...
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March 11, 2021

Thinking about HR

We've been running a data science training program for young people with non-traditional tech backgrounds. This training program has been highly successful in some ways - we have an over 80% completion rate on our highly technical MOOCs that cover Github, Version Control, R, Data Communication and more. The young people who complete th...
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March 8, 2021

An investment policy for promotion letters

It has been a terrible year for everyone. Some people have been without jobs, or lost their lives, but even people lucky enough to have job security and their health have been dealing with being isolated, losing childcare at random times due to Covid scares, dealing with additional requirements as part of a transition to online work, a...
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March 5, 2021

Thinking about email

I've been a Hey email user for a few months now and I have to say I'm a fan. I was really excited when the team behind Hey announced that they would introduce a lightweight "blog" by just sending an email from my account to I have been blogging for a while, but basically it has always been a matter of activation energy t...
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