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What does a Bayes factor feel like?

January 30, 2015
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A Bayes factor (BF) is a statistical index that quantifies the evidence for a hypothesis, compared to an alternative hypothesis (for introductions to Bayes factors, see here, here or here). Although the BF is a continuous measure of evidence, humans lo...

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A short taxonomy of Bayes factors

November 21, 2014
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[Update Oct 2014: Due to some changes to the Bayes factor calculator webpage, and as I understand BFs much better now, this post has been updated …] I started to familiarize myself with Bayesian statistics. In this post I’ll show some insig...

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Reanalyzing the Schnall/Johnson “cleanliness” data sets: New insights from Bayesian and robust approaches

July 22, 2014
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[mathjax] I want to present a re-analysis of the raw data from two studies that investigated whether physical cleanliness reduces the severity of moral judgments – from the original study (n = 40; Schnall, Benton, & Harvey, 2008), and from a ...

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Perspektive statt Befristung: Für mehr feste Arbeitsplätze im Wissenschaftsbereich

May 16, 2014
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Exzellente Hintergrundinformation gibt es auch im Blog von Markus Dahlem, z.B.: [1], [2], oder [3]. Facebook-Gruppe: https://www.facebook.com/akademischeJuniorposition Folgende Abbildung sagt eigentlich alles: (R.Kreckel, Habilitation vs. Tenure Track,...

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A comment on “We cannot afford to study effect size in the lab” from the DataColada blog

May 8, 2014
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In a recent post on the DataColada blog, Uri Simonsohn wrote about “We cannot afford to study effect size in the lab“. The central message is: If we want accurate effect size (ES) estimates, we need large sample sizes (he suggests four-digi...

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Improved evolution of correlations

February 26, 2014
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Update June 2013: A systematic analysis of the topic has been published:Schönbrodt, F. D., & Perugini, M. (2013). At what sample size do correlations stabilize? Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 609-612. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.05.009 Check ...

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The first CREDAM Award for creative data management goes to … the German government!

February 26, 2014
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“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” This aphorism, attributed to Ronald Coase, sometimes has been used in a disrespective manner, as if was wrong to do creative data analysis. This view obviously is misleading. In contra...

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Further thoughts on post-publication peer review (PPPR)

February 26, 2014
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Sanjay Srivastava blogged some interesting thoughts about the process of post-publication peer review (PPPR), reflecting about his own comment on a PLOS ONE publication. I agree that open peer commentaries after publication are one important part of th...

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Installation of WRS package (Wilcox’ Robust Statistics)

February 26, 2014
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Update Feb 17, 2014: WRS moved to Github – This installation procedure has been updated and still is valid Some users had trouble installing the WRS package from R-Forge. Here’s a method that should work automatically and fail-safe: [cc lan...

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At what sample size do correlations stabilize?

February 26, 2014
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Maybe you have encountered this situation: you run a large-scale study over the internet, and out of curiosity, you frequently  the correlation between two variables. My experience with this practice is usually frustrating, as in small sample sizes (a...

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