We live in a golden age of learning, where you find find just about anything you’d ever need to learn from on the Internet. One example of this is a series of webinars about who to get research funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDRMP). I have not listened yet to any of these webinars, but they look like they would be very helpful for anyone seeking funding through this program. Continue reading

# Category Archives: Recommended

# Recommended: R Markdown Basics

This is actually a nice “peek under the hood” approach with lots of practical advice about getting that last tweak in to make your results go from good to great. Continue reading

# Recommended: LaTeX/Mathematics

You can incorporate very nice looking mathematical formulas in R Markdown fairly easily. The system relies on LaTeX for displaying formulas and is surprisingly easy to learn. But every once in a while you want to do something a bit exotic, like placing a “hat” in your equation. I’ve typically just done a quick Google search on something like “LaTeX hat symbol” and each different search yields a different website. Recently, I stumbled up a fairly comprehensive guide to displaying mathematical formulas in LaTex. It is published as an eBook.

Note: Some of the examples require additional libraries like amsmath and I haven’t figured out yet how to take advantage of these libraries in R Markdown. Continue reading

# Recommended: Stop Saying ‘Exponential.’ Sincerely, a Math Nerd.

This is a brief plea to avoid using the word “exponential” when you really mean “a lot.” Continue reading

# Recommended: 12 things I wish I’d known before starting as a Data Scientist

This article was recommended to me at a webinar I attended. The author offers very personal and practical advice. The author’s third point “You’ll never have to know all the tools” is quite reassuring. Continue reading

# Recommended: Checklist to Evaluate the Quality of Questions

A detailed and comprehensive list of things to look for when you are reviewing a new questionnaire. It is based on a document QAS-99 that was originally developed by the cancer.gov, but the original link is no longer active. Continue reading

# Recommended: SMART Objectives

The acronym SMART is a nice way to define an objective in a quality improvement. It has to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. This page outlines what each of these terms means and why they are important. It also provides examples of objectives that meet the SMART criteria. Continue reading

# Recommended: A Framework for Program Evaluation

This page offers a broad and comprehensive overview of how to plan and conduct a program evaluation. There are tons of resources (a mix of html pages and PDF documents) behind various hyperlinks on this page. Continue reading

# Recommended: 8 Waste Types of DOWNTIME

This page reviews the commonly used acronym DOWNTIME that classifies the eight ways that waste can occur in a manufacturing process. Continue reading

# Recommended: How to Use Deming’s 14 Points to Improve Quality

This blog post provides a few short paragraphs elaborating on each of W. Edward Deming’s Fourteen Points. There’s a bit of self-promotion on this page, but the overall content is still quite good. Continue reading