Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

Cracks in the thin blue line

September 24, 2016
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Cracks in the thin blue line

When people screw up or cheat in their research, what do their collaborators say? The simplest case is when coauthors admit their error, as Cexun Jeffrey Cai and I did when it turned out that we’d miscoded a key variable in an analysis, invalidating the empirical claims of our award-winning paper. On the other extreme, […] The post Cracks in the thin blue line appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Andrew Gelman is not the plagiarism police because there is no such thing as the plagiarism police.

September 23, 2016
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Andrew Gelman is not the plagiarism police because there is no such thing as the plagiarism police.

The title of this post is a line that Thomas Basbøll wrote a couple years ago. Before I go on, let me say that the fact that I have not investigated this case in detail is not meant to imply that it’s not important or that it’s not worth investigating. It’s just not something that […] The post Andrew Gelman is not the plagiarism police because there is no such…

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Why is the scientific replication crisis centered on psychology?

September 22, 2016
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The replication crisis is a big deal. But it’s a problem in lots of scientific fields. Why is so much of the discussion about psychology research? Why not economics, which is more controversial and gets more space in the news media? Or medicine, which has higher stakes and a regular flow of well-publicized scandals? Here […] The post Why is the scientific replication crisis centered on psychology? appeared first on…

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Acupuncture paradox update

September 20, 2016
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The acupuncture paradox, as we discussed earlier, is: The scientific consensus appears to be that, to the extent that acupuncture makes people feel better, it is through relaxing the patient, also the acupuncturist might help in other ways, encouraging the patient to focus on his or her lifestyle. But whenever I discuss the topic with […] The post Acupuncture paradox update appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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An auto-mechanic-style sign for data sharing

September 16, 2016
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An auto-mechanic-style sign for data sharing

Yesterday’s story reminds me of that sign you used to see at the car repair shop: Maybe we need something similar for data access rules: DATA RATES PER HOUR If you want to write a press release for us $ 50.00 If you want to write a new paper using our data $ 90.00 If […] The post An auto-mechanic-style sign for data sharing appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Sharing data: Here’s how you do it, and here’s how you don’t

September 16, 2016
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Sharing data:  Here’s how you do it, and here’s how you don’t

I received the following email today: Professor Gelman, My name is **, I am a senior at the University of ** studying **, and recently came across your paper, “What is the Probability That Your Vote Will Make a Difference?” in my Public Choice class. I am wondering if you are able to send me […] The post Sharing data: Here’s how you do it, and here’s how you don’t…

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Bayesian Statistics Then and Now

September 12, 2016
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I happened to recently reread this article of mine from 2010, and I absolutely love it. I don’t think it’s been read by many people—it was published as one of three discussions of an article by Brad Efron in Statistical Science—so I wanted to share it with you again here. This is the article where […] The post Bayesian Statistics Then and Now appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Genius is not enough: The sad story of Peter Hagelstein, living monument to the sunk-cost fallacy

September 11, 2016
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Genius is not enough:  The sad story of Peter Hagelstein, living monument to the sunk-cost fallacy

I sometimes pick up various old collections that will be suitable for bathroom reading, and so it was that the other day I was sitting on the throne reading the summer 1985 issue of Granta, entitled Science. Lots of great stuff here, including Oliver Sacks on Tourette’s syndrome, Thomas McMahan on Alexander Graham Bell, and […] The post Genius is not enough: The sad story of Peter Hagelstein, living monument…

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You may not be interested in peer review, but peer review is interested in you

September 10, 2016
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Here’s an ironic juxtaposition from Tyler Cowen’s blog. On 28 Apr he discusses a paper with a market system for improving peer review and concludes, “Interesting, but the main problem with the idea is simply that no one cares.” The day before, his assorted links featured “Frequency of Sex Shapes Automatic, but Not Explicit, Partner […] The post You may not be interested in peer review, but peer review is…

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research-lies-allegations-windpipe update

September 7, 2016
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Paul Alper writes: Found this today in the Washington Post. Recall that at my suggestion you blogged about this affair previously: http://andrewgelman.com/2016/06/16/research-lies-allegations-windpipe-surgery/ Damn windpipe surgeons, always causing tro...

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