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Welcome to the ninth ever issue of Monday Morning Data Science from the Fred Hutch Data Science Laboratory. We are excited to show you what we have been working on (Fresh from the Lab), plus links that we think you would be interested in (Our Weekly Bookmarks Bar). Part of the purpose of this newsletter is to start conversations, so if you have a question or there is something you would like to share with us please let us know by responding directly to this email.
Fresh from the Lab
[Event: Data House Calls] Wednesday 12/28 at 10am we’ll have our weekly Data House Calls drop in hour but this week it will only be remote, on Teams. Drop by to talk about needed support for data challenges, coding challenges, computing questions, data management, etc.
Our Weekly Bookmarks Bar
[Study: Long COVID RCT] The COVID-OUT clinical trial aimed to determine whether early treatment with metformin, ivermectin, or fluvoxamine could prevent long COVID. Encouraging results! Metformin was associated with a 42% relative decrease in the incidence of long COVID compared to the control group.
[Blog Post: For Notifications, Less is More] The Facebook Notifications Data Science team found that users prefer to receive fewer notifications (Hallelujah). When the team sent fewer notifications that were predicted to be more relevant to users, app usage decreased initially but increased over time. Understanding the long-term effects of notifications on user behavior is key to improving user experience.
[Article: The Monty Hall Problem] The Monty Hall problem is a famous mathematical problem which asks whether you would be better off switching or sticking with your original door choice in a game show scenario where there are three doors, one of which has a car behind it and the other two have goats. This article dives into the mathematical and psychological aspects of how people think about this classic paradox.
As always you can contact us by replying directly to this email, you can email Jeff Leek, Amy Paguirigan, and Sean Kross at email@example.com, or you are welcome to join us on the Fred Hutch Data Slack Workspace. For more information about the Fred Hutch Data Science Lab, visit our website: https://hutchdatascience.org/. See you next week!
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