Being a guest of the Data Science Phil podcast

I was interviewed for the Data Science Phil podcast. I brought three subjects for discussion: the German tank problem, capture-mark-recapture, and the Fermi problem. These are methods to estimate population sizes from very scarce data.

Statistical estimation by imitation

Parameter estimation in a subcritical percolation model with colouring, or cross-contamination rate estimation for microfluidics We have just published a research paper1 about a nice combination of statistics and applied probability theory. The story opens with a novel mathematical model to quantify unwanted cross-contamination within lab-on-a-chip microfluidic devices. We apply the method of simulated momentsContinue reading “Statistical estimation by imitation”

When are kids born? Anyway, when are babies conceived?

My current subject is the seasonality in the number of births. I have looked up the number of live births in several countries over a number of years with monthly resolution. My primary question is whether there are certain months of the year in which more babies are born than could be expected. There areContinue reading “When are kids born? Anyway, when are babies conceived?”

Height matching for a harmonious-looking pair

I’m somewhat obsessed with the heights of people around me. I also have an interest in harmony and aesthetics. So I have been thinking what height proportions make a nice couple. If you are looking for a partner from the opposite sex (whether for a romantic relationship or for dancing), what height would be aContinue reading “Height matching for a harmonious-looking pair”