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What’s the stupidest thing the NYC Department of Education and Columbia University Teachers College did in the past decade?

July 29, 2015
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Ummm, how bout this: The principal of a popular elementary school in Harlem acknowledged that she forged answers on students’ state English exams in April because the students had not finished the tests . . . As a result of the cheating, the city invalidated several dozen English test results for the school’s third grade. […] The post What’s the stupidest thing the NYC Department of Education and Columbia University…

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“We can keep debating this after 11 years, but I’m sure we all have much more pressing things to do (grants? papers? family time? attacking 11-year-old papers by former classmates? guitar practice?)”

July 28, 2015
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Someone pointed me to this discussion by Lior Pachter of a controversial claim in biology. The statistics The statistical content has to do with a biology paper by M. Kellis, B. W. Birren, and E.S. Lander from 2004 that contains the following passage: Strikingly, 95% of cases of accelerated evolution involve only one member of […] The post “We can keep debating this after 11 years, but I’m sure we…

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Ripped from the pages of a George Pelecanos novel

July 27, 2015
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Ripped from the pages of a George Pelecanos novel

Did anyone else notice that this DC multiple-murder case seems just like a Pelecanos story? Check out the latest headline, “D.C. Mansion Murder Suspect Is Innocent Because He Hates Pizza, Lawyer Says”: Robin Flicker, a lawyer who has represented suspect Wint in the past but has not been officially hired as his defense attorney, says […] The post Ripped from the pages of a George Pelecanos novel appeared first on…

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On deck this week

July 27, 2015
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Mon: Ripped from the pages of a George Pelecanos novel Tues: “We can keep debating this after 11 years, but I’m sure we all have much more pressing things to do (grants? papers? family time? attacking 11-year-old papers by former classmates? guitar practice?)” Wed: What do I say when I don’t have much to say? […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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The 3 Stages of Busy

July 26, 2015
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Last week I ran into a younger colleague who said he had a conference deadline that week and could we get together next week, maybe? So I contacted him on the weekend and asked if he was free. He responded: This week quickly got booked after last week’s NIPS deadline. So we’re meeting in another […] The post The 3 Stages of Busy appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Ira Glass asks. We answer.

July 25, 2015
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Ira Glass asks.  We answer.

The celebrated radio quiz show star says: There’s this study done by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian Magazine . . . they called up one thousand and one Americans. I do not understand why it is a thousand and one rather than just a thousand. Maybe a thousand and one just seemed sexier or […] The post Ira Glass asks. We answer. appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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45 years ago in the sister blog

July 24, 2015
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45 years ago in the sister blog

The post 45 years ago in the sister blog appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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More gremlins: “Instead, he simply pretended the other two estimates did not exist. That is inexcusable.”

July 23, 2015
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More gremlins:  “Instead, he simply pretended the other two estimates did not exist.  That is inexcusable.”

Brandon Shollenberger writes: I’ve spent some time examining the work done by Richard Tol which was used in the latest IPCC report.  I was troubled enough by his work I even submitted a formal complaint with the IPCC nearly two months ago (I’ve not heard back from them thus far).  It expressed some of the same concerns […] The post More gremlins: “Instead, he simply pretended the other two estimates did not…

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BREAKING . . . Kit Harrington’s height

July 22, 2015
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BREAKING . . . Kit Harrington’s height

Rasmus “ticket to” Bååth writes: I heeded your call to construct a Stan model of the height of Kit “Snow” Harrington. The response on Gawker has been poor, unfortunately, but here it is, anyway. Yeah, I think the people at Gawker have bigger things to worry about this week. . . . Here’s Rasmus’s inference […] The post BREAKING . . . Kit Harrington’s height appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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A bad definition of statistical significance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Effective Health Care Program

July 21, 2015
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A bad definition of statistical significance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Effective Health Care Program

As D.M.C. would say, bad meaning bad not bad meaning good. Deborah Mayo points to this terrible, terrible definition of statistical significance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Statistical Significance Definition: A mathematical technique to measure whether the results of a study are likely to be true. Statistical significance is calculated as the […] The post A bad definition of statistical significance from the U.S. Department of Health…

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