Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

Frustration with published results that can’t be reproduced, and journals that don’t seem to care

December 4, 2016
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Frustration with published results that can’t be reproduced, and journals that don’t seem to care

Thomas Heister writes: Your recent post about Per Pettersson-Lidbom frustrations in reproducing study results reminded me of our own recent experience that we had in replicating a paper in PLOSone. We found numerous substantial errors but eventually gave up as, frustratingly, the time and effort didn’t seem to change anything and the journal’s editors quite […] The post Frustration with published results that can’t be reproduced, and journals that don’t…

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Some U.S. demographic data at zipcode level conveniently in R

December 2, 2016
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Ari Lamstein writes: I chuckled when I read your recent “R Sucks” post. Some of the comments were a bit … heated … so I thought to send you an email instead. I agree with your point that some of the datasets in R are not particularly relevant. The way that I’ve addressed that is […] The post Some U.S. demographic data at zipcode level conveniently in R appeared first…

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How can you evaluate a research paper?

December 1, 2016
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How can you evaluate a research paper?

Shea Levy writes: You ended a post from last month [i.e., Feb.] with the injunction to not take the fact of a paper’s publication or citation status as meaning anything, and instead that we should “read each paper on its own.” Unfortunately, while I can usually follow e.g. the criticisms of a paper you might […] The post How can you evaluate a research paper? appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Individual and aggregate patterns in the Equality of Opportunity research project

November 19, 2016
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Dale Lehman writes: I’ve been looking at the work of the Equality of Opportunity Project and noticed that you had commented on some of their work. Since you are somewhat familiar with the work, and since they do not respond to my queries, I thought I’d ask you about something that is bothering me. I, […] The post Individual and aggregate patterns in the Equality of Opportunity research project appeared…

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Only on the internet . . .

November 17, 2016
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I had this bizarrely escalating email exchange. It started with this completely reasonable message: Professor, I was unable to run your code here: https://www.r-bloggers.com/downloading-option-chain-data-from-google-finance-in-r-an-update/ Besides a small typo [you have a 1 after names (options)], the code fails when you actually run the function. The error I get is a lexical error: Error: lexical error: […] The post Only on the internet . . . appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Josh Miller hot hand talks in NYC and Pittsburgh this week

November 15, 2016
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Josh Miller hot hand talks in NYC and Pittsburgh this week

Joshua Miller (the person who, with Adam Sanjurjo, discovered why the so-called “hot hand fallacy” is not really a fallacy) will be speaking on the topic this week. In New York, Thurs 17 Nov, 12:30pm, 19 W 4th St, room 517, Center for Experimental Social Science seminar. In Pittsburgh, Fri 18 Nov, 12pm, 4716 Posvsar […] The post Josh Miller hot hand talks in NYC and Pittsburgh this week appeared…

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“Men with large testicles”

November 15, 2016
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“Men with large testicles”

Above is the title of an email I received from Marcel van Assen. We were having a discussion of PPNAS papers—I was relating my frustration about Case and Deaton’s response to my letter with Auerbach on age adjustment in mortality trends—and Assen wrote: We also commented on a paper in PNAS. The original paper was […] The post “Men with large testicles” appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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The role of models and empirical work in political science

November 12, 2016
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Bill Kelleher writes: I recently posted a review of A Model Discipline, by Clarke and Primo on Amazon.com. My review is entitled “Why Physics Envy will Persist,” at http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3I8GC5V1ZSYVI/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ASIN=019538220X As you likely know, they are critical of the widespread belief among political scientists in the hypothetical-deductive method. As part of my review of the book, […] The post The role of models and empirical work in political science appeared first…

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Can a census-tract-level regression analysis untangle correlation between lead and crime?

November 11, 2016
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Can a census-tract-level regression analysis untangle correlation between lead and crime?

Daniel Hawkins pointed me to a post by Kevin Drum entitled, “Crime in St. Louis: It’s Lead, Baby, Lead,” and the associated research article by Brian Boutwell, Erik Nelson, Brett Emo, Michael Vaughn, Mario Schootman, Richard Rosenfeld, Roger Lewis, “The intersection of aggregate-level lead exposure and crime.” The short story is that the areas of […] The post Can a census-tract-level regression analysis untangle correlation between lead and crime? appeared…

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How effective (or counterproductive) is universal child care? Part 2

November 10, 2016
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How effective (or counterproductive) is universal child care?  Part 2

This is the second of a series of two posts. Yesterday we discussed the difficulties of learning from a small, noisy experiment, in the context of a longitudinal study conducted in Jamaica where researchers reported that an early-childhood intervention program caused a 42%, or 25%, gain in later earnings. I expressed skepticism. Today I want […] The post How effective (or counterproductive) is universal child care? Part 2 appeared first…

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