Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

Consider seniority of authors when criticizing published work?

August 11, 2017
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Carol Nickerson writes: I’ve written my fair share of letters to the editor and commentaries over the years, most of them languishing in the file drawer. It used to be impossible to get them published. The situation has improved a bit, but not enough. In any case, I never think about the sex of the […] The post Consider seniority of authors when criticizing published work? appeared first on Statistical…

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Giving feedback indirectly by invoking a hypothetical reviewer

August 2, 2017
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Ethan Bolker points us to this discussion on “How can I avoid being “the negative one” when giving feedback on statistics?”, which begins: Results get sent around a group of biological collaborators for feedback. Comments come back from the senior members of the group about the implications of the results, possible extensions, etc. I look […] The post Giving feedback indirectly by invoking a hypothetical reviewer appeared first on Statistical…

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“Explaining recent mortality trends among younger and middle-aged White Americans”

August 2, 2017
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Kevin Lewis sends along this paper by Ryan Masters, Andrea Tilstra, and Daniel Simon, who write: Recent research has suggested that increases in mortality among middle-aged US Whites are being driven by suicides and poisonings from alcohol and drug use. Increases in these ‘despair’ deaths have been argued to reflect a cohort-based epidemic of pain […] The post “Explaining recent mortality trends among younger and middle-aged White Americans” appeared first…

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Letter to the Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science

July 31, 2017
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[relevant cat picture] tl;dr: Himmicane in a teacup. Back in the day, the New Yorker magazine did not have a Letters to the Editors column, and so the great Spy magazine (the Gawker of its time) ran its own feature, Letters to the Editor of the New Yorker, where they posted the letters you otherwise […] The post Letter to the Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science appeared first on…

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It’s not “lying” exactly . . . What do you call it when someone deliberately refuses to correct an untruth?

July 30, 2017
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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens tells the story. First the background: On Thursday I interviewed Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on a public stage . . . There was one sour moment. Midway through the interview, Pompeo abruptly slammed The New York Times for publishing the name last month of a senior covert […] The post It’s not “lying” exactly . . . What do you call it…

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Iceland education gene trend kangaroo

July 30, 2017
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Someone who works in genetics writes: You may have seen the recent study in PNAS about genetic prediction of educational attainment in Iceland. the authors report in a very concerned fashion that every generation the attainment of education as predicted from genetics decreases by 0.1 standard deviations. This sounds bad. But consider that the University […] The post Iceland education gene trend kangaroo appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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“The ‘Will & Grace’ Conjecture That Won’t Die” and other stories from the blogroll

July 18, 2017
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From sociologist Jay Livingston: The “Will & Grace” Conjecture That Won’t Die From sociologist David Weakliem: Why does Trump try to implement the unpopular ideas he’s proposed, and not the popular ideas? History professor who wrote award-winning book about 1970-era crime, is misinformed about the history of 1970s-era crime “West Virginia, which was a lock […] The post “The ‘Will & Grace’ Conjecture That Won’t Die” and other stories from…

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Daryl Bem and Arthur Conan Doyle

July 12, 2017
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Daniel Engber wrote an excellent news article on the replication crisis, offering a historically-informed perspective similar to my take in last year’s post, “What has happened down here is the winds have changed.” The only thing I don’t like about Engber’s article is its title, “Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real. Which means science is […] The post Daryl Bem and Arthur Conan Doyle appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Why they aren’t behavioral economists: Three sociologists give their take on “mental accounting”

July 10, 2017
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Nina Bandelj, Fred Wherry, and Viviana Zelizer write: Rather than retreat to disciplinary corners, let us begin by affirming our respect for the generative work undertaken across a variety of disciplines. We’re all talking money, so it is helpful to specify what’s similar and what’s different when we do. . . . In this post, […] The post Why they aren’t behavioral economists: Three sociologists give their take on “mental…

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“Furthermore, there are forms of research that have reached such a degree of complexity in their experimental methodology that replicative repetition can be difficult.”

July 2, 2017
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[cat picture] Shravan Vasishth writes: The German NSF (DFG) has recently published a position paper on replicability, which contains the following explosive statement (emphasis mine in the quote below). The first part of their defence against replicability is reasonable: some experiments can never be repeated under the same conditions (e.g., volcanic eruptions etc). But if […] The post “Furthermore, there are forms of research that have reached such a degree…

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