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Obituaries in 2010


  1. q says:

    I took a class from Julian Besag in graduate school. There was no homework, no attendance taken, no examinations, and, in fact, never any acknowledgement from him that I had so much as a name. When I got my grades, I found that I'd got a 3.8 out of 4.0 — an acceptable score I suppose, but what rationale could there have been for it? The only thing that occurred to me is that, as I'd asked two questions during the term, and so he marked me down one point for each.

  2. Andrew Gelman says:


    Yeah, that sounds about right.