A paper of mine was published in the open-access Electronic Journal of Statistics. It proposes a method of constructing lower confidence bounds for positive random variables that are guaranteed to have the nominal coverage probability for any distribution, as long as the sample points are i.i.d., from a distribution over the non-negative reals.

In the paper, the method is applied to analyze (a version of) the data of the second Lancet study of mortality in post-invasion Iraq.

Objectivity in journalism

October 20, 2008

I was never a strict believer in objective journalism, the best definition of which I heard from a photographer in Little Rock who told me, “Before I go out to take a picture of someone, I just stop at the city desk and say, ‘Do you want him gazing out toward the sunset or picking his nose?'”

Calvin Trillin

Sources: 1, 2. Referred to in a comment on the blog Crooked Timber.