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  1. Software carpentry instructor training

    A survival analysis in python

    Edit (2016-05-31): Added a hypothesis for why my results differ somewhat from Erin Becker’s. Briefly: I removed individuals who taught before they were officially certified.

    A couple weeks ago, Greg Wilson asked the Software Carpentry community for feedback on a collection of data about the organization’s instructors, when they were certified, and when they taught. Having dabbled in survival analysis, I was excited to explore the data within that context.

    Survival analysis is focused on time-to-event data, for example time from birth until death, but also time to failure of engineered systems, or in this case, time from instructor certification to first teaching a workshop. The language is somewhat morbid, but helps with talking precisely about models that can easily be applied to a variety of data, only sometimes involving death or failure. The power of modern survival analysis is the ability to include results from subjects who …

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