December Palindrome: math: deadline January 6

Contest ends midnight, JANUARY 6, 2015.

Given no one is winning, the contest will go back to requiring only one word in addition to Elba, with no optional second word. For Dec., the word is:


(or maths, mathematics, if you’re brave)


Plurals and other close variations are OK, even desirable if it makes your palindrome more complex.  Spelling counts. Words from non-English languages can be used if they are familiar to English speakers or fit especially well. I will deliberately avoid posting more than a few that satisfy all the requirements (obviously you can’t just copy mine but they may be used as hints for yours). The more it relates to stat or philosophy, the higher it scores. Believe me, I’m struggling with these as much as anyone, I am an amateur. You may send more than one. If there are multiple candidates, the judges on Elba decide. The closer yours is to mine, the less likely it is to win in the case of a tie. (If we ever get more than one or two, new procedures may be introduced. We did in April, 2014 and the judges determined we could really only have 1 winner. Most winners have tried more than once, so please try again those of you out there who supplied good candidates, but didn’t win on your first try.)

You may use scrabble word lists and palindrome websites and even programs (let me know if you find a good one).

Semi professional palindromists welcome; genuine professional or “career” palindromists (of which we’ve only had one–a world contest winner–, at the very start) can win no more than 3 times a year, at the discretion of the Elba judges.



Dec 15, 2014

Elba saw, aimed a cadet fight. A math gifted academia was able.

Elba fan I, goddess, a math girl, right. A massed dog in a fable.

Elba fan I, “stats goddess”, a math girl, right. Amassed dog stats in a fable.

Elba, I rave: No stats goddess I. Math gin, night. A missed dog stats, one variable.


Previous palindrome contests included: (Note: I am duplicating some words only when they are optional second words)

runs test, omnibus, cycle, dominate, editor, data, Model, sample, random, probable, truth, Bayes, confident, likely, error, decision, variable, integrate, maximal, median (comedian), interpret, action, code, predict, luck, assess, model, simple, null, bootstrap,minimum, wrong, prefer, dogma, (s)exist, email, contest, dualist, logic, severe, procedure, deviate, optimal, Binomial, bet, fallacy, error. genomic, average, over fit, correlate, mood, manipulate, test, opposite, even, option, academia

Book Choices (additional ones below):


EGEK Cover








Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (D. G. Mayo and A. Spanos 2010, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Fisher, Neyman and the Creation of Classical Statistics (E. L. Lehmann 2012, Dordrecht, New York: Springer)

Principles of Applied Statistics (D. R. Cox and C. A. Donnelly 2011, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Large Scale Inference (B. Efron 2010, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk and Health (S. Senn 2003, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge (D. Mayo 1996, Chicago)

Probability Theory and Statistical Inference (A. Spanos 1999)

4 New Books choices:

First Course in Probability and Statistics neyman

Lectures and conferences on mathematical statistics and probability

chalmers what is

Staley Intro to Phil of Science










First Course in Probability and Statistics (J. Neyman 1961, Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Lectures and conferences on mathematical statistics and probability (J. Neyman 1952, Graduate School, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

What is this thing called science? (A. Chalmers 1999 (3rd ed), Hackett Publishing Company)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (K. Staley 2014, Cambridge University Press)


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