Posts Tagged ‘ Political Science ’

A short answer to a short question

April 17, 2016
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Emir Efendic writes: What is your opinion and can you think of any critiques of the multiple mediation models by Preacher and Hayes (e.g. Preacher & Hayes, 2008)? What would be your method of choice if you were testing multiple possible mediators of an effect, but also if said mediators are connected in a model […] The post A short answer to a short question appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Put your own questions on the General Social Survey!

April 15, 2016
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Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center writes: The General Social Survey plans to include some items or short topical modules designed by users in its 2018 survey, and invites users to submit proposals recommending such items or modules. Proposals submitted in response to this call will be included based on assessments of their […] The post Put your own questions on the General Social Survey! appeared first on…

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GIGO

April 11, 2016
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GIGO

Lee Wilkinson writes: In the latest issue of Harvard Magazine (http://www.harvardmagazine.com/2015/12/cambridge-02138), a letter writer (David W. Pittelli) comments under the section “Social Progress Index”: We are informed by Harvard Magazine (November-December 2015, page 15) that the country with the best “Health and Wellness” (“Do people live long and healthy lives?”) is Peru, while the United […] The post GIGO appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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John Yoo blogging

April 8, 2016
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John Yoo blogging

Jonathan Falk sends along this gem: Judicial Torture as a Screening Device Kong-Pin Chen / Tsung-Sheng Tsai Judicial torture to extract information or to elicit a confession was a common practice in pre-modern societies, both in the east and the west. This paper proposes a positive theory for judicial torture. It is shown that torture […] The post John Yoo blogging appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Gay persuasion update

April 7, 2016
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Gay persuasion update

Hey, did you hear about that study last year, where some researchers claimed to find that a 20-minute doorstep conversation with skeptical voters could change views on same-sex marriage? It was published in the tabloids and featured on This American Life? And it turned out it was all a fraud, that one of the authors […] The post Gay persuasion update appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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What is a Republican?

March 28, 2016
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What is a Republican?

Byron Gajewski writes in with a good question: My seven year old daughter asked us “what is a Republican?” We struggled. Do you have a working definition? Democrat too? My reply: There are different answers to this one. Simplest is party registration (that is public record), or party identification (which is a survey response). It’s […] The post What is a Republican? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Kalesan, Fagan, and Galea respond to criticism of their paper on gun laws and deaths

March 17, 2016
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The other day we posted some remarks on a recent paper by Bindu Kalesan, Jeffrey Fagan, Sandro Galea, “Firearm legislation and firearm mortality in the USA: a cross-sectional, state-level study.” In response to the criticisms from me and various commenters, the authors of the paper prepared a detailed response, which I’m linking to here. They […] The post Kalesan, Fagan, and Galea respond to criticism of their paper on gun…

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Recently in the sister blog

March 14, 2016
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Recently in the sister blog

Can you trust international surveys? Place your bets now. How much does someone’s world view predict their other attitudes? You funded these clinical trials, but you’ll never know what they found. Where’s the partisan polarization on abortion? Political scientists are debating how to make research more transparent. Here’s a way forward. Maybe college football doesn’t […] The post Recently in the sister blog appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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“Why this gun control study might be too good to be true”

March 11, 2016
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“Why this gun control study might be too good to be true”

Jeff Lax points us to this news article by Carolyn Johnson discussing a research paper, “Firearm legislation and firearm mortality in the USA: a cross-sectional, state-level study,” by Bindu Kalesan, Matthew Mobily, Olivia Keiser, Jeffrey Fagan, and Sandro Galea, that just appeared in the medical journal The Lancet. Here are the findings from Kalesan et […] The post “Why this gun control study might be too good to be true”…

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What parts of the country are most religious?

March 2, 2016
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What parts of the country are most religious?

I saw this from Tyler Cowen: The middle part of America is more religious than the South. And I was like, Huh? So I followed the link which in turn linked to this article by J. D. Vance which said: When Gallup ranked every U.S. state by its religiosity, states in the South took nine […] The post What parts of the country are most religious? appeared first on Statistical…

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