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  • 11 Simple Rules for Releasing Data Science Tools

    These notes were co-written by myself and a number of other people, including Greg Kiar, Eric Bridgeford, JB Poline, and Tristan Glatard. Inspired by the...
  • Tips for Getting into a Top Graduate Program

    As faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the best BME department in the world, both in terms of undergraduate and...
  • Taboo Words/Phrases in Technical Writing

    Here is a list of tips I check whenever I write anything:
  • How to Structure a Grant

    I write many grants. Most of them, or at least the parts that I write, are very quantitative in nature. Most of how I think...
  • 10 Simple Rules for Writing paragraphs

    Here is a list of tips I check for each paragraph whenever I write anything:
  • The Varieties of Hypothesis Tests

    Hypothesis testing is a procedure for evaluating the likelihood that a given dataset corresponds to a particular “null” model. Formally, all hypothesis testing scenarios can...
  • 10 Methods for Linear Dimensionality Reduction

    Colleagues and trainees have asked for a basic summary of different linear dimensionality reduction methods. Here is my take on them.
  • 10 Simple Rules for Designing Learning Machines

    When designing an estimator (or a learner, as machine learning people say), there are a number of desiderata to consider. I believe the following is...
  • 3 Additional Constituents for Decisions Under Uncertainty

    In a previous post, we enumerated the four necessary constituents for deciding anything: (1) measurements, (2) potential actions, (3) a decision rule, and (4) a...
  • The 4 Constituents of Decisions

    In daily life, we are bombarded with decisions: When to wake up, what to wear, which shoe to tie first, etc. We all make them...
  • Guidance on Emailing Collaborators

    In our globally collected world, and scientific practice, we collaborate quite extensively. This is increasingly true in brain sciences, as demonstrated by the recently created...
  • The Necessity of Negative Results in Methods Papers

    I read, write, and review many methods papers. Based on this, I have some quite opinionated, though I believe well justified views, on what is...
  • Figure Checklist

    The following is the checklist I use when making explanatory figures (including tables), which is a special class of figures. Other kinds of figures include...
  • 10 Simple Rules for Making Good Slides

    My favorite book on making slides is Slide:ology, and my favorite website on the topic is how to give a talk. I also like to...
  • A Guide to Working on Our Team

    I get many emails from potential trainees inquiring about a job. This ranges from high school students to people that have already completed a few...
  • 1-Page Summary of Proposal Checklist

    Brett Mensh, of Optimize Science taught me essentially all the good parts of what follows, so all praise is appropriately directed at him. However, this...
  • The 2 Dimensions of Selecting a Good Project

    Brett Mensh, of Optimize Science taught me essentially all the good parts of what follows, so all praise is appropriately directed at him. However, this...
  • Connectome Coding

    The following are notes based first on an invited talk I gave at Baylor, and then a tutorial I gave at the Society for Neuroscience...
  • First Post!

    This is our first post! We will be posting periodically, hopefully more frequently than weekly, with various posts about brain science, statistical machine learning and...
  • What is Statistics For?

    Statistics can serve many purposes. As humans, we tend to like partitioning the world into bins, and assigning each bin some semantic label. Though we...
  • Useful Background Reading for NeuroData

    In this post I highlight some of the most important books and articles for our group, and likely other groups. This list is certainly imperfect,...

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