Today began the second semester of epi, and I’m already in love with the Data Analysis course. In it we learn how to analyze data using both frequentist and Bayesian approaches. The former is the dominant and most standard approach, and in sum it’s arbitrary, clunky, and susceptible to manipulation. The latter is a more informed approach of analysis that takes into consideration all prior knowledge; this makes it more informative and rigorous but also harder to do. Frequentist analysis is what I’ve learned since high school; Bayes is what I get to get my hands dirty in now. I can’t wait!