A list of leading and interesting blogs to follow

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  • Date: 09 Nov 2012

 

The Analysis Factor
offers statistical consulting, resources, and training that researchers need to conduct quality work.

Analytic Bridge
A group blog written by data scientists about statistics and data analysis.

AnnMaria’s Blog
The blog of Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, President of the online statistics education company The Julia Group.

Analytics Vidhya

This blog is created by Kunal Jain, a post graduate from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering. A variety of resources relating to Business Anaytics can be found in this website. 

Bad Science
The blog of Dr. Ben Goldacre, an epidemiologist who uses statistics to debunk bad science.

bayesianbiologist
A blog written by Corey Chivers, PhD and Senior Data Scientist at The University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Beyond the Box Score
A blog using statistics to analyse the game of baseball.

Big Data Made Simple
It is launched by a group of data activists, and covers everything about big data and analytics. 

Blog About Stats
Blogstats creates a network for dissemination professionals mainly of statistical institutions. It is a meeting point where colleagues from Statistical Organizations share their experiences, successes and failures, focus attention on (new) developments and stay informed in the vast domain of disseminating (statistical) information.

bLog-Normal Distribution
'The Corner Office blog', where SAS executives post their thoughts on global business, analytics and technology

By the Numbers
The blog of New York Times visual Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow conducts discussions about all things statistical — from the environment to entertainment — and their visual expressions.

Byte Mining
A blog written by Ryan Rosario, an ex-Statistician, now turned Computer Scientist, even though he is a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at UCLA.

Civil Statistician
A blog written by Jerzy Wieczorek, a PhD candidate in Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University.

CoolData blog
A blog written by Kevin McDonell, Business Analyst for the Office of External Relations at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he concentrates on data mining and predictive modelling for many Advancement functions.

Dataists
A blog on statistics and data visualization edited by Vince Buffalo of the Bioinformatics Core at the UC Davis Genome Center and Hilary Mason, lead scientist at bit.ly, where she is finding sense in vast data sets.

Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media
The blog of technologist Matthew Hurst who is interested in AI, NLP, text/data mining, visualization and social media.

Data Science 101
A blog by Ryan Swanstrom, an advanced analytics trainer at Mrcrosoft. It covers everything about data science.

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis
The blog features the practice of Bayesian data analysis methods. 

Empirical Legal Studies Blog
A collaborative blog by several law and political science professors.

The Endeavour
A blog by John. D Cook, math professor, programmer, consultant, manager, and statistician, who has just left the MD Anderson Cancer Center after 12 years and is now working in consulting.

Epidemiologista
An interesting blog written by a UCL PhD student working on predictors of teenage depression.

Error Statistics Philosophy
The blog of Virginia Tech statistical philosopher Deborah G. Mayo which focuses on issues connecting statistical science and philosophy of science, philosophical debates about the nature of inductive inference and the roles of probability and statistical models in learning about phenomena in the fact of limited information and threats of error. 

Fells Stats
A blog by Dr. Ian Fellows who is a professional statistican with research interestes ranging over many sub-disciplines of statistics. The blog contains the use of different packages of R.  

FiveThirtyEight
NYT blog (named after the number of electors in the U.S. electoral college) by Nate Silver, gives a statistical view of everything from politics to science to sports with the help of graphs and pie charts. Silver is well known for his highly accurate election forecast models.

Flowing Data
Money spent, reps at the gym, time you waste, and personal information you enter online are all forms of data. How can we understand these data flows? Data visualization lets non-experts make sense of it all. Nathan Yau tells you more.

Freakonometrics
Charpentier, a professor of mathematics, offers a nice mix of generally accessible and more challenging posts on statistics related subjects, all with a good sense of humor.

Hilary Mason
A data scientist and self-described hacker, Mason is also the founder of the Dataist blog (another top 50 selection), chief scientist at bitly, and co-founder of the New York hacker federation HackNY. The blog is a random mix of instruction, self-promotion and whatever is on the authors mind at the moment, but definitely worth checking out.

Information is Beautiful
Independent data journalist and information designer David McCandless is also the author of his book 'Information is Beautiful'. He finds ways in which data visualization can help people understand the world and its hidden connections. Posts are always interesting and go a long way towards proving the claim of the blog’s title.

Information Aesthetics
Inspired by Lev Manovich's definition of "information aesthetics", this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.

Jeromy Anglim's Blog: Psychology and Statistics
Blog by Jeromy Anglim, a Lecturer at Deakin University bridging I/O psychology and statistics.

Kaggle
Home for Data Science & Machine Learning. Kaggle is a platform for predictive modelling and analytics competitions with a wide range of datasets. 

KDnuggets
It is run by Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, and the topics include business analytics, big data, data mining, data science, and machine learning.

Lies and Stats
The focus of this blog is on understanding statistical methods of analysis and interpretation using mathematical reasoning. Nevertheless, Luk Arbuckle, promises the readers that this blog would have no equations. One cannot prove everything with statistics, even if its not true. The numbers are there to help, not to give absolutes.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
The blog of Dirk Singer, head of a “social media ideas agency” called Rabbit, takes a statistical approach to social media, advertising, branding and PR. Singer’s blogs are highly research based and give a lucid perspective on the speculative information concerning social media.

Log Base 2
Nick Barrowman is a philosophically minded statistical scientist working in medical research in Ottawa, Canada. His perspective of science, technology, statistics, history, language and culture is clearly put across through his profound commentary on his blog.

The LoveStats Blog
A blog written by a market research methodologist who blogs about social media research, surveys, statistics, charts, and more. Her goal is to keep research real, current, and fun.

Mathematics & Statistics at Williams College
The students and faculty of Williams College present a thoughtful mix of maths, education and stats in their meticulously written posts. They touch varied topics within statistics, ranging from actuarial science to measuring the immeasurable. Quite an intriguing collection of facts and figures. 

Messy Matters
A wide ranging blog on the intersection of statistics and social theory written by one current and one former research scientist at Yahoo!. Kelly Savage enhances the blogs with original illustrations.

Mr. C's AP Statistics Blog
A blog written by a high school AP Statistics teacher.

The Numbers Guy
A blog written by Wall Street Journal writer Carl Bialik who 'examines the way numbers are used, and abused'

Numbers Rule Your World
The blog of Sirius XM statistician and NYU professor Kaiser Fung explores the myriad of ways that stats and probability influence the world around us. Like his book by the same name, this blog fascinates you with its unique style of writing and ease of comprehension.

Observational Epidemiology
A college professor and a statistical consultant offer their comments, observations and thoughts on applied statistics, higher education and epidemiology. Posts are frequent and generally accessible, but vary widely in quality and depth.

OkTrends
OkTrends has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Inc., The Atlantic, and on Nightline and the Rachel Ray Show. It offers an original research and insights from the online dating service OKCupid. Utilizes data derived from the more than 7 million OKCupid members to generate interesting stats and infographics on sex, dating and relationships. Posts are quite infrequent but don’t miss “10 Charts About Sex”.

Overcoming Bias
A polymath economist and futurist Robin Hanson frequently utilizes statistical analysis in reflections on honesty, signaling, disagreement, forecasting and the far future. Robin challenges readers to recognize and overcome their biases and makes you think how you could do things in a better way. 

Permutations
The official blog of the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Society.

Probability and Statistics Blog
Written by Matt Asher, statistics grad student at the University of Toronto. Check out Asher’s Statistics Manifesto.

R-bloggers
A blog central hub (e.g: A blog aggregator) of content collected from bloggers who write about R (in English). The site will help R bloggers and users to connect and follow the “R blogosphere”.

R-Chart
A blog about the R language written by a web application/database developer.

R-statistics blog
The blog written by Tal Galili, a PhD student in Statistics at the Tel Aviv University who also works as a teaching assistant for several statistics courses in the university.

Radford Neal’s Blog
Radford Neal is a Professors of Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Also relevant for those interested in R programming as well.

Radical Statistics Group
RadStats is an independent organisation whose members are ‘radical’ in being committed to helping build a more free, democratic and egalitarian society; analysing the extent to which official statistics reflect governmental rather than social purposes.

Realizations in Biostatistics
A blog by John Johnson, a statistical consultant and Associate Director of Statistics at REGISTRAT-MAPI, specializing in late-phase research, observational trials, real-world outcomes, and weird problems.

Revolutions
A blog dedicated to news and information of interest to members of the R community.

Rob J Hyndman
Rob J Hyndman is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters, as well as the author of over 150 research papers and 5 books in statistical science.

Robin Ryder’s Blog
Robin Ryder is a professor at Universite Paris Dauphine.

RWeekly
R Weekly is openly developed by R suers on GitHub. The topics include but not limited to the use of R in real world, in organizations, and academia, new packages of R, and pacakge releases. 

Sabermetric Research
Phil Burnbaum blogs about statistics in baseball, the stock market, sports predictors and a variety of subjects.

Significance
A bimonthly magazine for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data sponsored published for the  American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society by Wiley. The Significance website can be found here.

Simply Statistics
A statistics blog by three biostatistics professors: Jeff Leek, Roger Peng, and Rafa Irizarry. They post interesting ideas and links to articles that inspire them, and share advice with up-and-coming statisticans. 

Statisfaction
A blog by jointly written by PhD students and post-docs from Paris (Université Paris-Dauphine, CREST). Mainly tips and tricks useful in everyday jobs, links to various interesting pages, articles, seminars, etc.

Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
A group blog including contributions by two Columbia University professors on a wide variety of subjects.

Statistical Sage Blog
A blog about the statistical concepts in behavioural sciences written by an associate dean and a retired professor in the US.

Statistically Funny
True to its name, epidemiologist Hilda Bastian's blog is an hilarious account of the science of unbiased health research with the added bonus of cartoons.

StatsBlogs
A service provided by Talk Stats Forum to syndicates posts from statistcs related blogs. 

Statistics How To
For those looking for elementary statistics help, there are more than 1,000 articles and hundreds of videos for elementary statistics, probability, AP statistics and advanced statistics topics.

Stats Make Me Cry
Written by Jeremy Taylor, a statistics consultant, 'a place to share ideas and find answers to your statistics and data analysis questions' and never cry over statistics anymore.

Stats With Cats
A statistician 's guide on how to work out basic statistics, such as creating and preparing a data set for analysis and how to select and generate appropriate graphics and statistics, and whom also happens to like cats.

Straight Statistics
The blog of Straight Statistics, a a pressure group whose aim is to detect and expose the distortion and misuse of statistical information, and identify those responsible. It has been formed by a group of legislators, statisticians and journalists, chaired by the Labour peer Lord Lipsey.

The Stats Blog
A group blog writtern by Statistical Assessment Service founded in 1994, a non-profit, non-partisan service which has become a 'much-valued resource on the use and abuse of science and statistics in the media'. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New Scientist, amongst other publications.

Three-Toed Sloth
A blog written by Professor Cosma Shalizi who teaches statistics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Understanding Uncertainty
The blog of the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim is to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining! Primarily written by Professor David Spiegelhalter.

Xi’an’s Og
A blog written by a professor of Statistics at Université Paris Dauphine, mainly centred on computational and Bayesian topics. 

Zero Intelligence Agents
A blog written by Drew Conway, a political science PhD student at New York University.

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