September 2018 palindrome: practical

May: deadline midnight, October 7

word (+ Elba): Prize goes to the best, as always. Statistical, philosophical, scientific themes are awarded more points.)



There’s a new incentive: a copy of my latest book which has just appeared.

Plurals and other close variations are OK, even desirable if it makes your palindrome more complex.  (The only variant in this case might be “astronomers”.) Spelling counts–however slight stretches for humor will be considered. Initials, e.g., IRS, permitted. Words from non-English languages can be used if they are familiar to English speakers or fit especially well with your theme.

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).  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. We had two candidates in in April, 2014 and the judges determined we could only have 1 winner. In the December 2014 contest, however, there were two winners because one used a substantially different variant on “math”. (These are judges, so they are free to use judgment!) 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) can win no more than 3 times a year, at the discretion of the Elba judges. 


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, math, ironic (irony), retract, impartial, demonstrate, optimize (optimise), robustness, memory, overfit, examination (examine), vaccinate, navigate, organism, profiled, verified, astronomy, Russia (Russian), derailed, attracting, torpedo, aristocracy, madness, randomize, practical

Book Choices (additional ones below): (or you may elect to get a copy of my new book: “Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars” (CUP 2018)


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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)

5 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 1950, New York: Henry Holt)

Lectures & Conferences on Mathematical Statistics & Probability (J. Neyman 1952, Washington D.C.: Graduate School of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

What Is This Thing Called Science? (A. Chalmers 2013, New York: Hackett)

An Introduction to Philosophy of Science. (K. Staley 2014 Cambridge: CUP)

Conjectures and Refutations (K. Popper 1962, New York: Basic Books)


Truth, Error, and Criminal Law: An Essay in Legal Epistemology (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law) (L. Laudan 2008, Cambridge: CUP)

A new book choice: Larry Laudan: Progress and Its Problems.

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