5th Moment

I don’t really know what to say about this.  It appears to be a band comprised of statistics graduate students at North Carolina State who sing about statistics to the tune of popular songs.  I’m really, truly speechless.

Here are the lyrics:

The Fifth Moment’s performance at the 2012 International Dinner! We are the original NCSU Graduate Statistics band! Follow us on Twitter, @TheFifthMoment. Lyrics below:

Vocals / Keyboard: Bradley Turnbull and Kristin Linn
Lead Guitar: Sidd Roy
Rhythm Guitar: Joe Usset
Bass : Kyle White

Lyrics by Kristin Linn.

Original: Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and Baby by Justin Bieber
(We of course do not own any part of this song hybrid – thanks to Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber for creating the parts.)

This one is for the boys with the distributions
on their parameters, they be prior choosin’
and over model space, they be samplin’ up
Markov chains with reversible jump.

And he cool, got tools, he might have a rule
that minimizes risk and when I see him at school,
I trip, I flip, wanna kiss him on the lip
’cause with a Bayes factor, he’s so freakin’ hip.

Conjugate or not not, do you think I’m hot hot?
Based on my posterior, do I have a shot? Oh!
You’re the kinda guy I was lookin’ for
’cause your unknowns are random, yo.

I said, excuse me, you’re a heck of a guy,
I mean, my my my my, MCMC is fly, I mean,
You’re not shy ’round empirical types,
and your estimates perform like a frequentist’s might, oh!

Yes I did, yes I did.
I need an introduction cause I aint Sidd
I am Kristin Linn, I love statistics, I take limits.

Multiply my likelihood by your prior.
Be my conjugate and I’ll take you higher.
Don’t you love those bay bay bay bay bay bay bay bay Bayesians, super Bayes,
bay bay bay bay bay bay bay bay Bayesians, super Bayes.

You have an unknown
you want to find.
Give it a prior,
and multiply by
the likelihood
of your data.
Ignore that constant denominator.

Now you have it,
a posterior.
How will you use it?
The choice is yours.
Forget your p-values tonight.
I’m 95% sure you’ll be alright!

Bayes rule it will set you free.
No more p-values and finally,
don’t need that crazy closed form density.
Sample from it using MCMC, yeah

If objective is the way to go,
under transformation one can show,
there’s a prior invariant and so,
thank you Jeffreys, you are my hero, oh

When I was 22, I had my first love.
His name was Bayes, no it wasn’t just a phase,
and we used to stay up all night using WinBUGS.
Sampling with MCMC, oh I was star struck.
He woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks!
We’d go on random walks,
diagnose all our problems of convergence with
autocorrelation plots.
He was really good at minimizing his risk.
He knew he had me dazing
cause he was so amazing.
Freq 3:16 is fading
’cause now I keep on saying…

Bayes rule it will set you free.
No more p-values and finally,
don’t need that crazy closed form density.
Sample from it using MCMC, yeah

Bayesians ’round the world agree
both objective and subjectively.
it makes sense to update prior beliefs.
Bayes I love you, you’re the one for me, me.

Cheers.

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Posted on February 29, 2012, in Academia, Bayes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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