November palindrome winner! Kepler



Are pot-lucks ample? Hon’s a bled-raw otiose doctor to trot code-soi toward Elba’s no-help-mask cult opera.

The minimum requirement was to  include Elba plus any two of: code, luck, predict.

*Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine

KEPLERIAN STATEMENT: “I’m thrilled to capitalize at last on my orthographic obsession. Today, palindromes, tomorrow, wise commentary on the philosophy of statistical inference. Thank you, Deborah.”

KEPLERIAN CHOICE OF PRIZES: “the Mayo and Spanos book, and the Lehmann”.**

Kepler--Thomas-2-5x3-5“The Kepler group works with multiple collaborating laboratories to generate and integrate data from many different assays, each of which provides one perspective on the workings of affinity maturation. By using computational means to coordinate the integration of these diverse data, a comprehensive picture of the process at a systems level emerges.

Professor Kepler, in partnership with colleagues at Duke and Harvard Universities, has developed a new approach to vaccination that uses computational methods to select combinations of immunogens to use in vaccines that drive affinity maturation in specific directions. These methods are being used to develop vaccines against HIV, influenza, and anthrax.”


Congratulations Kepler!

**Full titles of book choices:

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

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


December palindrome rules: By December 31:

Elba + 2 of the following: assess, model, simple

plurals and variations on words are fine.  As always, I offer a few examples through the month on and/or hints on the Palindrome page (as I think of them), so yours must differ from mine.  See palindrome page on

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3 thoughts on “November palindrome winner! Kepler

  1. And speaking of orthography, the editorial board assumed you were using “soi” as the term used in Thailand for a side-street branching off a major street. Was that correct?

    • Tom Kepler

      Well, it was kind of a play on “Thai side-street” and “silicon on insulator”. Have you ever seen an integrated circuit? Looks like an urban street map. Yeah, that’s what it was.

      • Tom: Well, you were lucky (about “soi”). There’s one submission in for January, by the way. What do you recommend if there’s more than one contender? I assumed, way back, that if this ever happened we’d maybe get reader feedback, but now that winners have been so far fewer than I imagined, perhaps both should share in the kitty (i.e., one book each).

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