UseR goes to Nashville, USA

So if Vanderbilt did lose (again) to UT (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/nov/20/video-tennessee-highlights-vanderbilt-game/) , they have somethign better to look before next season’s football season.

UseR is coming to Tennessee in 2012! This is the premier conference happens annually for R language (>2 mill users), and alternated between Europe and North America every other year.

Details here

http://biostat.mc.vanderbilt.edu/wiki/Main/UseR-2012

useR! 2012 (12-15 June 2012)
Department of Biostatistics
Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine
Nashville Tennessee USA

 

 

 

 


Pre-conference Survey

If you plan to attend useR! 2012, help us plan by completing a RedCAP Survey.

 


Contact

Stephania McNeal-Goddard
Assistant to the Chair
stephania.mcneal-goddard@vanderbilt.edu
Phone:             615.322.2768
Fax: 615.343.4924
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics
S-2323 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2158

 

 


Abstracts and Tutorial Proposals

Participants are encouraged to submit an abstract to for oral presentation during a Kaleidoscope or Focus session, or for poster presentation. Tutorial proposals are also welcomed.

Deadlines

  • Tutorial Submission: Dec 1 – Jan 31
  • Tutorial Acceptance Notification: Feb 1 – Feb 29
  • Abstract Submission: Dec 1 – Mar 12
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: Mar 13 – Apr 15

 

 


Registration

 

Deadlines

  • Early Registration: Jan 1 – Feb 29
  • Regular Registration: Mar 1 – May 12
  • Late Registration: May 13 – June 11
  • On-site Registration: June 12 – June 15

 

 


Travel and Lodging Information

Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Air Travel

The nearest major airport to Vanderbilt University is the Nashville International Airport (BNA). The airport is about 10 miles east of the campus and downtown Nashville. The BNA website maintains a list of ground transportation options for air travelers. The approximate taxi fare from the airport to Vanderbilt University is $27. Shuttles and buses are also available from the airport. The latter is economical (approximate fare is $1.60), but the travel time is more than an hour.

Car Travel

Nashville is located at the intersection of three major interstates. Interstate 40 approaches from the east and west, interstate 24 from the northwest and southeast, and interstate 65 from the northeast and south.

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The Blind Side – Movie Review

Q Whats a movie review doing on a data mining blog? A Because blogs are read by people who ALSO like movies.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday- I didnt get much Turkey and spent more time reading Tukey, and the only offer I got on Black Friday in Knoxville, East Tennessee was to take a discount for a tanning studio at Kingston Pike, near my house. So you can imagine my trepidition when I decided to go for a movie on Saturday- hoping for better luck.

There are amusing things in Blind Side, especially if you are a brown guy wearing a bright orange U Tenn T Shirt as I was doing. The beautiful game of the movie, as in all sports movie is however overshadowed by Sandro Bullock’s performance as a rich white woman who takes a black teenager under her wing. Despite the innuendo in a Memphis, Tennessee- which is quite realistic. And horrifying for a non American like me to watch. It kind of reminded me when I was the only guy cheering in Austin Texas at the end of the movie “W” -2008.

For non Tennessee football fans, watch as how the game unites all- as how a common God and morality finds rescue for a kid among horrors. And how number 74 discovers his destiny as the guy who protects the quarter back.

This could be the Hollywood version of SlumDog Millionaire of 2009. Nicely crafted. and yet an intelligent movie. For people who don’t like Twilight 🙂 If you have ever felt unsafe while traveling in a poor black neighbourhood watch this movie. If you live in a black poor neighbourhood- then watch it with your homies.

if you ever watched a game of football and marveled at the magnificent heart break of college football. Watch the movie.

As someone said- Football is like the Mafia in the Godfather movie.

Sooner or later you will get whacked.

Data Mining 2009 Interviews- Terry Whitlock, BlueCross BlueShield of TN

Terry Whitlock, Health Care Expert

Terry Whitlock is an employee of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. He has more than 15 years of analytical experience in managed care. He has utilized SAS for nearly 13 of his 15 years over a wide variety of research in the field of managed care. Over his career he has been published in Managed Care Interface and presented research at Best of Blues as well as Academy Health Research

simply download the Interview file at https://decisionstats.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/20091027-112844.m4a

Movie Review- Inglorious Basterds

When a Knoxville born director creates a movie with Brad Pitt speaking in an East Tennessee accent, Orange country citizens cant help but catch the movie. If you need escapist fare to charge them ole grey cells with good ol fashioned American movie- this is the one.

I could wax eloquent on the direction and deft artistry of Quentin Tarantino, or the acting of Hans Landau- or even the breakthrough perfromance of Brad Pitt who plays the leader of a Nazi hunting commando unit. For the first time- you see Brad’s character overshadowing his adorable mannerisms. Watch how he rolls those Southern R’s.

But there is plenty of that- and you need to watch it yourself.

As the director himself puts it- A Basterd’s work is never done.

Inglourious-Bastards-1819

This is just a loong weekend post..

If you liked the concept of data mining and entertainment- well I actually got inspired by the entertaining writing of the prominent R blogger J D Long of Cerebral Mastication

http://www.cerebralmastication.com/