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If you were going to write a paper about the false discovery rate you should have done it in 2002

January 16, 2015
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If you were going to write a paper about the false discovery rate you should have done it in 2002

People often talk about academic superstars as people who have written highly cited papers. Some of that has to do with people's genius, or ability, or whatever. But one factor that I think sometimes gets lost is luck and timing. So I wrote a little script to get the first 30 papers that appear when

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How to find the science paper behind a headline when the link is missing

January 15, 2015
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How to find the science paper behind a headline when the link is missing

I just saw a pretty wild statistic on Twitter that less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they are describing.   Amazingly, less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they're describing http://t.co/daN11xYvKs pic.twitter.com/QtneZUAeFD — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) January 15, 2015 Before you believe anything your read about

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Beast mode parenting as shown by my Fitbit data

January 7, 2015
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Beast mode parenting as shown by my Fitbit data

This weekend was one of those hardcore parenting weekends that any parent of little kids will understand. We were up and actively taking care of kids for a huge fraction of the weekend. (Un)fortunately I was wearing my Fitbit, so I can quantify exactly how little we were sleeping over the weekend. Here is Saturday:

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (1/4/15)

January 4, 2015
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I am digging this visualization of your life in weeks. I might have to go so far as to actually make one for myself. I'm very excited about the new podcast TalkingMachines and what an awesome name! I wish someone would do that same thing for applied statistics (Roger?) I love that they call Ben Goldacre

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Ugh … so close to one million page views for 2014

December 31, 2014
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Ugh … so close to one million page views for 2014

In my last Sunday Links roundup I mentioned we were going to be really close to 1 million page views this year. Chris V. tried to rally the troops:   Lets get them over the hump // “@simplystats: Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/21/14) http://t.co/X1WDF9zZc1 #simplystats1e6” — Chris Volinsky (@statpumpkin) December 22, 2014   but alas we

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/21/14)

December 22, 2014
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James Stewart, author of the most popular Calculus textbook in the world, passed away. In case you wonder if there is any money in textbooks, he had a $32 million house in Toronto. Maybe I should get out of MOOCs and into textbooks. This post on medium about a new test for causality is making the

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Interview with Emily Oster

December 19, 2014
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Interview with Emily Oster

Emily Oster is an Associate Professor of Economics at Brown University. She is a frequent and highly respected contributor to 538 where she brings clarity to areas of interest to parents, pregnant woman, and the general public where empirical research is conflicting or difficult to interpret. She is also the author of the popular new

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Repost: Statistical illiteracy may lead to parents panicking about Autism

December 18, 2014
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Editor's Note: This is a repost of a previous post on our blog from 2012. The repost is inspired by similar issues with statistical illiteracy that are coming up in allergy screening and pregnancy screening.  I just was doing my morning reading of a few news sources and stumbled across this Huffington Post article talking about

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A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2014

December 17, 2014
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A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2014

Editor's Note: Last year I made a list off the top of my head of awesome things other people did. I loved doing it so much that I'm doing it again for 2014. Like last year, I have surely missed awesome things people have done. If you know of some, you should make your own list or

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Sunday data/statistics link roundup (12/14/14)

December 14, 2014
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A very brief analysis suggests that economists are impartial when it comes to their liberal/conservative views. That being said, I'm not sure the regression line says what they think it does, particularly if you pay attention to the variance around the line (via Rafa). I am digging the simplicity of charted.co from the folks at Medium.

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