Re: [S] Pi Movie Review(Not work)

Dave Krantz (dhk@paradox.psych.columbia.edu)
Mon, 3 Aug 1998 08:20:14 -0400 (EDT)


Dear Erin,

I guess the mention of the Torah-code bunkum qualifies this
as statistics-related: the editors of Statistical Science
accepted one of the bunkum articles back in 1994; and perhaps
the S language could be or has been used to implement some of
the minimum-distance searches involved in bunking and
debunking the Torah codes. (I'll refer you to Brendan Mckay
at ANU for statistical de-bunk-tails; he and Maya Bar-Hillel
have convinced me thoroughly--not that my priors were ever
appreciably above zero, but it is nice to learn the details
of the scam.)

As for "Pi", you might suppose that there could be a bit of
sample bias in their subway scenes; and there is no good way
to correct for such bias, either by bootstrap or intuition.
So yes, stay out of NYC. But I commute to Columbia by subway
every day...

Dave Krantz

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