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Spring 2021
May 2021 Researchers’ attitudes towards the h-index on Twitter 2007–2020: criticism and acceptance. h-index, twitter, research management, research evaluation, twitter academic research.
April 2021 The p-value statement, five years on. Contact if you want access to the paper. p-value.
Understanding Open Data. Fair data, open data.
Ten Common Statistical Mistakes (article, and video). Statistics, mistakes.
Design of phase III trials with long-term survival outcomes based on short-term binary results (article, and R package). Clinical trials, primary endpoint, survival, sample size.
What It Takes to Give a Great Presentation. Presentation, tips.
Using the Geometric Average Hazard Ratio in Sample Size Calculation for Time-to-event Data With Composite Endpoints. Treatment effect, composite endpoint, randomized controlled trial, progression-free survival, simulation, copula, non-proportional hazards. 
Informe: Científicas en cifras 2021. Sciestist, women.
Quina és la situació de les joves investigadores a l'Estat espanyol? Sciestist, women.
Multivariate survival analysis in big data: A divide-and-combine approach. Contact  if you want access to the paper. Survival analysis, multivariate failure time data, bid data, risk factors, marginal model approach.
Independent increments in group sequential tests: a review. Failure time data, interim analysis, longitudinal data, clinical trials, repeated significance tests, sequential methods.
What jobs will be in greater demand after the pandemic? COVID-19, pandemic, jobs.
Identification of ZBTB18 as a novel colorectal tumor suppressor gene through genome-wide promoter hypermethylation analysis. Colorectal cancer, zinc finger, ZBTB18, methylation, tumor suppressor.
Change in Gap Perception within Current Practices in Assessing Students Learning Mathematics. Online education, mathematics, gap analysis method, student assessment, e-assessment. 
Phenotypic diversity and history of the Congo Basin populations: Equatorial Guinea, Bantu Speaking Central Africans and African Pygmies. Equatorial Africa basin, humans and environment, somatology, meta-analysis.
Visceral Adipose Tissue Phospholipid Signature of Insulin Sensitivity and Obesity. Discordant phenotypes, insulin resistance, lipid remodeling, metabotype, metabolomics, phospholipids, obesity, diabetes, biomarker.
A Checklist for statistical Assessment of Medical Papers (the CHAMP statement): explanation and elaboration. Methodology, statistics.
March 2021 World Happiness Report 2021 (news, report, and data). Happiest country, well-being.
Papers related with the doctoral thesis of Evi Gkioni: "Improving the planning and monitoring of recruitment to clinical trials". (Paper 1 and paper 2). Recruitment, clinical trials, recruitment prediction.
Tips to fight against Zoom fatigue. Video conference, fatigue.
The 2021 International Prize in Statistics awarded to Nan Laird. Prize in statistics.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine secure? Vaccine, AstraZeneca, Oxford, COVID-19, blood clot.
A therapeutic vaccine against HIV. Interview with Beatriz Mothe. HIV, vaccine, anti-retroviral, viral load, clinical trials. 
Preferences on Online Gambling Activities among Adolescents: A Review. Online gambling activities, adolescents, review, mental health, prevalence.
How to detect and reduce potential sources of biases in studies of SARS-CoV- and COVID-19. Epidemiological biases, selection bias, misclassification, measurement error, COVID-19, observational data.
M.J. (Susie) Bayarri. Contact  if you want access to the paper. Bayesian statistics, history in statistics, women.
Assessment of transparency indicators across the biomedical literature: How open is open? Reproducibility in science, open database.
February 2021 Creating optimal conditions for reproducible data analysis in R with 'fertile' (article, and R package). R, reproducible data, common mistakes.
Confused by conflicting career advice? That's inevitable for academics. Career in academics, success, advice.
Data Literacy Charta (article, and charta). Data anslysis, data literacy, big data.
In 2021, Statistician Continues to be a Best Job (article, and ranking). Statistician, job.
Nepotistic journals: a survey of biomedical journals. Papers, editorials, questionable practices.
MARLIT, una aplicació basada en la intel·ligència artificial per estudiar les macrodeixalles marines flotants. Web application, plastics in the sea, estimation.
The natural history of symptomatic COVID-19 during the first wave in Catalonia. COVID-19, risk, hospitalisation, death, multistate model.
January 2021 What are the most important statistical ideas of the past 50 years? Causal inference, bootstrapping and simulation-bias inference, overparameterized models, multilevel models,  exploratory data analysis.  
A priori estimation of sequencing effort in complex microbial metatranscriptomes. Metatranscriptome analysis, genes, simulated series.
Bayesian statistics and modelling. Bayesian statistics, prior and posterior predictive checking, artificial intelligence.
GAISEII: Pre-K-12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education II (news, and full guide). Framework for statistics, data science.
Bootstrap: a small sample of ideas (keypoints, and teaching). Bootstrap, confidence interval.
No more Matildas (appendix, and web). Women, science.
Women's Advancement and Leadership in the Biomedical Research Centres of Catalonia. Women, leadership, biomedical research, scientific production.
Statistics in Medicine Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary. Journal, statistics in medicine.
Alfred Watson Memorial Lecture. 1962, Hill's criteria.
Autumn 2020
December 2020 Pfizer-Biontech: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine (article, and video). COVID-19, vacinne, mRNA, Pfizer.
AstraZeneca: Safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) against SARS-CoV-2: an interim analysis of four randomised controlled trials in Brazil, South Africa and the UK. COVID-19, vacinne, AstraZeneca.
Are p-values Useful to Judge the Evidence Against the Null Hypotheses in Complex Clinical Trials? A Comment on "The Role of p-values in Judging the Strength of Evidence and Realistic Replication Expectations". P-value, null hypothesis, clinical trial.
COVID-19 Data in the Classroom. COVID-19.
Teaching Statistics during the COVID-19 Health Crisis. COVID-19.
Which is the square root of 16?
A priori estimation of sequencing effort in complex microbial metatranscriptomes (article, and flash review). Machine learning, NGS, metagenomics, metatrancriptomics,  rarefaction curve, sample size, sequencing effort, simulation.
How often do leading biomedical journals use statistical experts to evaluate statistical methods? The results of a survey. Biomedical journals, statistical experts.
November 2020 Statistics is for statisticians. COVID-19, hypothesis testing, inference, p-hacking.
"A Vaccine Trial from A to Z" with a Postscript. COVID-19, vaccine, AstraZeneca, placebo-control trial, Vaccine Efficacy.
Randomisation is not about balance, nor about homogeneity but about randomness. Clinical trials, balance, homogeneity.
Sending me data in Excel (advice, and video-tweet). Dataset, tips, Excel.
GitHub workflow for data science project proposals. Data science, R, RMarkdown.
COVID-19: la malinterpretación de los datos de la pandemia daña la confianza del público. COVID-19, data, pandemic.
Assessment of transparency indicators across the biomedical literature: how open is open? Reproducibility, science, open research, indicators of transparency.
October 2020 'Heard' Immunity? COVID-19, vaccine, clinical trial, Vaccine Efficacy.
The worlwide clinical trial research response to the COVID-19 pandemic - the first 100 days. COVID-19, clinical research agenda, hydroxychloroquine.
The history of statistics in a gif (text, and gif). Statistics, history.
Celebramos el Día mundial de la Estadística. Statistics.
La estadística puede ayudar a recuperar la confianza perdida durante la pandemia. Data, big data, statistics, COVID-19, data mining.
Is there a role for statistics in artificial intelligence? Computers and society, artificial intelligence, machine learning.
Semantic and cognitive tools to aid statistical science: replace confidence and significance by compatibility and surprise. Tests, p-value, confidence interval, Bayes factors, probability, interpretation.
The 450 Movement (article, and tweet).
Reference Collection to push back against "Common Statistical Myths". p-value, confidence interval, sample size, stepwise variable selection, post-hoc power, normality.
September 2020 Modeling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Incubation Period: Impact on Quarantine Policy.  COVID-19, generalized odds-rate class of models, incubation period, infectious disease, interval censoring, left censoring, quarantine policy.
Some COVID-19 articles in Significance magazine (article 1, and article 2). COVID-19, open science, cause and effect.
Centenary Rao (homage videoRSS newsa living legend, and Facebook group). Dr. Rao.
Potential prescribing issues among older HIV-infected subjects in a Mediterranean cohor: Does the current prevalence give cause for concern? Antiretrovirals, HIV/AIDS, medication errors, patient safety, prescribing.
Use of "normal" risk to improve understanding of dangers of COVID-19. COVID-19, risk of death, normal risk.
Multimorbidity patterns in low-middle and high income regions: a multiregion latent class analysis using ATHLOS harmonised cohorts. Multimorbidity patterns, clusters, association.
Methylation regulation of Antiviral host factors, Interferon Stimulated Genes (ISGs) and T-cell responses associated with natural HIV control. HIV, DNA methylation, antiretrovirals, HIV-specific T cell.
Recent Developments in Clustering and Classification Methods. Unsupervised feature selection, histogram-valued data, compactness, hierarchical conceptual clustering, multi-role measure, visualization.
Spring 2020
July 2020 How to Identify Flawed Research Before It Becomes Dangerous. COVID-19, flawed research.
An invisible hand: Patients aren’t being told about the AI systems advising their care. Artificial inteligence, health system.
Doug Altman: Driving critical appraisal and improvements in the quality of methodological and medical research. Prognosis research, regression modeling, reporting.
June 2020 FOBI: an ontology to represent food intake data and associate it with metabolomic data. Self-reporting methods, metabolomic techniques, Food-Biomarker Ontology.
Exposure of zebrafish to elevated temperature induces sex ratio shifts and alterations in the testicular epigenome of unexposed offspring.
Zebrafish, epigenetics, DNA methylation, sex ratio, transgenerational effects, global warming.
Prediction, Estimation, and Attribution (article, discussion I, discussion II, and rejoinder).
Black box, ephemeral predictors, random forests, surface plus noise.
Talking about data (post I, and post II).
Data, gather, compile, analyse, dips, slumps, growth, peaks.
Patterns of care and dropout rates from outpatient mental healthcare in low-, middle- and high-income countries from the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Initiative.  
Dropout, mental health, survival analysis, WMH surveys.
Duplicated research (blog, and tweet).
Similarities in papers.
Universities will never be the same after the coronavirus crisis.
COVID-19, policy, funding, education.
¿Hacia una Universidad virtual?
COVID-19, education.
May 2020 Flash reviews (article, and twitter fill). Report, editorial intervention, randomised trials, manuscripts.
The chapter "A UAV-based 3D model for building condition monitoring"  of the monograph "Research and modelling in civil engineering". Condition monitoring, unmanned aerial vehicles, inspection methodology, building facades.
Why Test for Proportional Hazards? Cox proportional hazard model, survival analysis, Cox model, hazard ratio.
April 2020 Association of Premenopausal Risk Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy With Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers: Maximizing Bias-Reduction.
BRCA1/2, breast cancer risk, salpingo-oophorectomy, risk reduction methodology, multi-state model,
systematic review.
HIVconsv vaccines and romidepsin in early-treated HIV-1-infected individuals: Safety, immunogenicity and effect on the viral reservoir (study BCN02).
Romidepsin, HDAC inhibitor, kick&kill strategy, HIVconsv, early-treatment.
COVID-19 index of articles.
Prediction models for diagnosis and prognosis of COVID-19: systematic review and critical appraisal.
COVID-19, prediction model.
Creating a Framework for Conducting Randomized Clinical Trials during Disease Outbreaks.
COVID-19, vaccine, global health.
Regulatory Science Strategy to 2025. 
March 2020 Five tips for moving teaching online as COVID-19 takes hold. Education, online.
We know enough now to act decisively against Covid-19. Social distancing is a good place to start. COVID-19, symptomatic cases, well-tested countries.
A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data. COVID-19, non reliable data, pandemic.
Coronavirus: ¿podría haber 100 veces más contagiados de los reportados? COVID-19, data, Spain, Madrid.
Top 100 R resources on Novel COVID-19 Coronavirus. COVID-19, data science, health, science, technology, education.
El tiempo de actuar con éxito se acaba. COVID-19, infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, and pandemic.
The Altmetric Top 100: the Top 100 papers 2019. Top 100, articles, 2019.
February 2020 Internet Gaming Disorder in Adolescents: Personality, Psychopathology and Evaluation of a Psychological Intervention Combined With Parent Psychoeducation.
Adolescents, behavioral addiction, internet gaming disorder, parents, psychoeducational group, psychological treatment.
Powerful antibiotics discovered using AI (Nature new, and paper).
Antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, antibiotic tolerance, machine learning, drug discovery.
What are fake interdisci-plinary collaborations and why do they occur? 
Collaboration, research integrity.
Working 9 to 5, not the way to make an academic living: observational analysis of manuscript and peer review submissions over time. 
Researchers, manuscripts, overwork.
A Novel Coronavirus Emerging in China - Key Questions for Impact Assessment.
COVID-19, China, global health, primary care, infectious disease.
Combat burnout: respect the out-of-office message.
Careers, lab life, research management.
Out of office replies and what they can say about you.
Careers, lab life, research management.
January 2020 Global warming and chromosomal inversion adaptation in isolated islands: Drosophila subobscura populations from Madeira. Chromosomal inversion, climate change, selection, temperature, thermoregulatory behavior.
Eleven tips for working with large data sets. Computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, information technology.
Embracing challenge: combining marathon training with graduate studies. Careers, lab life, biochemistry.
The pathetic p-value. Hypothesis test, p-value, significance, Bayesian approach, Fisher, Student.
Bad Pharma? Inference, naïve approaches.
Invalid inversion. Probability, conditional probability, joint probability, marginal probability, invalid inversion.
Spring 2021
April 2021 SEB: spatial epidemiology video. Spatial epidemiology.
Ten Common Statistical Mistakes (article, and video). Statistics, mistakes.
Presentation of the book L'Alfabet de l'Estadística. Book, statistics, alphabet.
March 2021 A therapeutic vaccine against HIV. Interview with Beatriz Mothe. HIV, vaccine, clinical trials. 
Podcast: Women is Statistics. Podcast, history in statistics, women.
February 2021 Interview with Diego Gutiérres in "El sentido de la birra". Computation, statistics.
NASA and statistics. Team extreme: the statistics of success unit. Data analysis, probability, energy heat, magnetism, engineering, mathematics, space vehicles.
Florence Nightingale seminar (information, and video). Florence Nightingale, women, science.
January 2021 Bootstrap: a small sample of ideas (keypoints, and teaching). Bootstrap, confidence interval.
Autumn 2020
December 2020 Pfizer-Biontech: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine (article, and video). COVID-19, vacinne, mRNA, Pfizer.
Covid data translators, interview with Gerard Giménez. COVID-19, Catalonia, web.
GRBIO Divulga: "Estudios epidemiológicos de Cases-Controles y Cohortes". Epidemiology, case-control studies, cohort studies.
November 2020 Why feelings (and data) help humans assess risk. Risks, COVID-19, emotions, analysis.
Sending me data in Excel (advice, and video-tweet). Dataset, tips, Excel.
October 2020 Ways to Make Randomized Clinical Trials More Statistically Efficient (slides, and video). Clinical trial, efficiency, Bayesian sequential designs.
Presentation about Florence Nightingale. Statistics, women, Florence Nightingale.
September 2020 Centenary Rao (homage video, RSS news, a living legend, and Facebook group). Dr. Rao.
How do we learn what works? A two-step algorithm for causal inference from observational data (lecture, and more info). Causal inference, observational data.
Shiny app about Florence Nithingale (app, and video). Shiny app, Florence Nithingale.
Spring 2020
July 2020 Women in the Academy (video, and info). Women, gender equality. 
April 2020 Series of videos and slides on the topics of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Education, biostatistics, bioinformatics.
March 2020 Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, Tim Urban.
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas, Manoush Zomorodi.
Spring 2021
April 2021 Statistical Thinking News. Data analysis, statistical modeling, prediction, research integrity.  
Design of phase III trials with long-term survival outcomes based on short-term binary results (article, and R package). R, clinical trials, primary endpoint, survival, sample size.
Quantitative bias analysis, R shiny. Quantitative bias, misclassification, unmeasured confounding.
March 2021 Statistical Terms Glossary. To improve the glossary use the platform Datamethods. Statistical terms.
Obstacles to gender equality - application. Gender inequality, risk factors.
R cheatsheets. R, cheatsheets.
Open Knowledge Maps. Map, research.
February 2021 Creating optimal conditions for reproducible data analysis in R with 'fertile' (article, and R package). R, reproducible data, common mistakes.
Shinysurveys: easily create and deploy surveys in Shiny, R. Surveys in Shiny.
World map of COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19, vaccine.
Explanation about COVID-19 vaccines (twitter thread). COVID-19, vaccine.
January 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccinations. COVID-19, vaccine.
Autumn 2020
December 2020 Papers With Code. Code.
Distill package, RMarkdown. RMarkdown, HTML, articles, websites.
mapSpain package, R. R, maps, Spain.
eLife Journal (eLife, and more info).
November 2020 OER Commons, (video about hypothesis testing, and book about Introductory Statistics). Educational resources.
flexsurv package, R (mini-tutorial part I, and part II). R, standard survival model, proportional hazards model.
POMA package in Bioconductor, R (info I, info II, and Shiny App). R, shiny, mass spectrometry.
COVID-19 App: COVIDCAT. COVID-19, Catalonia, incidence, App.
October 2020 Tweetorial on going from regression to estimating causal effects with machine learning. Parametric regression, causal effects, estimation, machine learning.
Gender perspectives in universities (info, general guide, and mathematics guide).  Gender, universities.
RMarkdown interactive. RMarkdown.
Stein's paradox (twitter thread). Inference, Gaussian distribution.
September 2020 From Data to Viz. Data, graph, code.
Codeacademy platform. Online classes, programming languages,.
RStudio cheatsheets (RMarkdown, shiny, package development, and complete list).
Writing tips (twitter thread). Scientific writer, tips.
Shiny app about Florence Nithingale (app, and video). Shiny app, Florence Nithingale.
Teaching resources (video, and twitter thread). Education, statistics, data science.
Spring 2020
July 2020 Blog: Statisticians React to the News. Blog, statistics.
COVID19aldiaBCN, Shiny app. COVID-19, Barcelona, R shiny.
May 2020 Livecode R for teaching (slides, and info). R, education, livecode.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Data Dashboard. COVID-19, vaccination, graphics.
Wolfram repository for COVID-19 datasets (info I, and info II). COVID-19, data, resources.
R Package Explorer, Shiny app. R, package, shiny.
City Cicle Race, Shiny app.  Cicle, city, comparison.
Test your R skills by using the riddlr app. R, challenge.
April 2020 Resources for choosing a magazine (writing tips, magazin selection, and check if the magazine is reliable).
March 2020 Play with R: R package fun. R, play.
R function to convert LaTeX/knitr/pdf documents to RMarkdown/ knitr/html documents. R, RMarkdown, LaTex.
Beyond RMarkdown (tutorial, bookdown, pagedown, blogdown, xaringan, posterdown, pkgdown, and vitae). RMarkodwn.
February 2020 COVID-19 Dashboard. COVID-19, data, cases, deaths.
January 2020 R package ggstatsplot: beyond ggplot. R, ggplot.
Risk of bias tools: RoB 2 tool. App, risk of bias.
Spring 2021
March 2021 World Happiness Report 2021 (news, report, and data). Happiest country, well-being.
Spring 2020
May 2020 Wolfram repository for COVID-19 datasets (info I, and info II). COVID-19, data, resources.
March 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  COVID-19, data.
February 2020 COVID-19 Dashboard. COVID-19, data, cases, deaths.
Data in Brief. Data.