Comparing Yourself to Others

Recently, I've been reading┬áThe Hydrogen Sonata, by Iain M. Banks. Banks, unfortunately deceased, was a huge inspiration to me, activating those special science-fiction loving neurons of mine and taking my imagination far beyond the realm of the possible. I won't bore you with details about his work, but they sprang from a fearsome mind, eager… Continue reading Comparing Yourself to Others

Artificial Intelligence and Medicine

Note: Apologies for not updating in a while. I've been working on a science fiction novel for National Novel Writing Month. Stay tuned, I might show some of it on this blog! Artificial intelligence, or more accurately machine learning, has exploded within the past couple of years. This is not the artificial intelligence of science… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and Medicine

What’s up with the p-value?

Some of you may be familiar with this Nature news article describing the effort to lower the threshold of the p-value (from 0.05) for statistical significance. In the wake of major reproducibility crises in psychology and biomedicine, this issue is more pertinent. What's the p-value anyway? In the language of statisticians, it's the probability you… Continue reading What’s up with the p-value?

A Bayesian Model for Chronic Pain

I recently read a fascinating article from the UK by Tabor and colleagues (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005142). It posits that chronic pain occurs because our brain can't accurately assess the threat to the body. As this continues, our perception continues with that out-of-date analysis, resulting in the maintenance of pain. Let's move back a bit and talk about… Continue reading A Bayesian Model for Chronic Pain

Bayes: Update complete!

Let's start by jumping right into the deep end: Bayesian analysis. If you've ever taken statistics, then more likely than not, you've heard of this concept. However, I bet most people's training have been in frequentist statistics, so they're not as familiar with Bayesian statistics. I will avoid going on a long history lesson and… Continue reading Bayes: Update complete!