Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

Does traffic congestion make men beat up their wives?

October 22, 2017
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Max Burton-Chellew writes: I thought this paper and news story (links fixed) might be worthy of your blog? I’m no stats expert, far from it, but this paper raised some alarms for me. If the paper is fine then sorry for wasting your time, if it’s terrible then sorry for ruining your day! Why alarms […] The post Does traffic congestion make men beat up their wives? appeared first on…

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“La critique est la vie de la science”: I kinda get annoyed when people set themselves up as the voice of reason but don’t ever get around to explaining what’s the unreasonable thing they dislike.

October 20, 2017
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Someone pointed me to a blog post, Negative Psychology, from 2014 by Jim Coan about the replication crisis in psychology. My reaction: I find it hard to make sense of what he is saying because he doesn’t offer any examples of the “negative psychology” phenomenon that he discussing. I kinda get annoyed when people set […] The post “La critique est la vie de la science”: I kinda get annoyed…

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Beyond “power pose”: Using replication failures and a better understanding of data collection and analysis to do better science

October 19, 2017
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Beyond “power pose”:  Using replication failures and a better understanding of data collection and analysis to do better science

So. A bunch of people pointed me to a New York Times article by Susan Dominus about Amy Cuddy, the psychology researcher and Ted-talk star famous for the following claim (made in a paper written with Dana Carney and Andy Yap and published in 2010): That a person can, by assuming two simple 1-min poses, […] The post Beyond “power pose”: Using replication failures and a better understanding of data…

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From perpetual motion machines to embodied cognition: The boundaries of pseudoscience are being pushed back into the trivial.

October 18, 2017
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From perpetual motion machines to embodied cognition:  The boundaries of pseudoscience are being pushed back into the trivial.

This exchange came from a comment thread last year. Diana Senechal points to this bizarre thing: Brian Little says in Me, Myself, and Us (regarding the “lemon introvert test”): One of the more interesting ways of informally assessing extraversion at the biogenic level is to do the lemon-drop test. [Description of experiment omitted from present […] The post From perpetual motion machines to embodied cognition: The boundaries of pseudoscience are…

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When do we want evidence-based change? Not “after peer review”

October 13, 2017
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When do we want evidence-based change?  Not “after peer review”

Jonathan Falk sent me the above image in an email with subject line, “If this isn’t the picture for some future blog entry I’ll never forgive you.” This was a credible threat so here’s the post. But I don’t agree with that placard at all! Waiting for peer review is a bad idea for two […] The post When do we want evidence-based change? Not “after peer review” appeared first…

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“Why bioRxiv can’t be the Central Service”

October 7, 2017
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I followed this link to Jordan Anaya’s page and there to this post on biology preprint servers. Anyway, as a fan of preprint servers I appreciate Anaya’s point-by-point discussion of why one particular server, bioRxiv (which I’d never heard of before but I guess is popular in biology), can’t do what some people want it […] The post “Why bioRxiv can’t be the Central Service” appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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I disagree with Tyler Cowen regarding a so-called lack of Bayesianism in religious belief

October 6, 2017
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Tyler Cowen writes: I am frustrated by the lack of Bayesianism in most of the religious belief I observe. I’ve never met a believer who asserted: “I’m really not sure here. But I think Lutheranism is true with p = .018, and the next strongest contender comes in only at .014, so call me Lutheran.” […] The post I disagree with Tyler Cowen regarding a so-called lack of Bayesianism in…

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“5 minutes? Really?”

October 2, 2017
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Bob writes: Daniel says this issue https://github.com/stan-dev/stan/issues/795#issuecomment-26390557117 is an easy 5-minute fix. In my ongoing role as wet blanket, let’s be realistic. It’s sort of like saying it’s an hour from here to Detroit because that’s how long the plane’s in the air. Nothing is a 5 minute fix (door to door) for Stan and […] The post “5 minutes? Really?” appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Apply for the Earth Institute Postdoc at Columbia and work with us!

September 30, 2017
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The Earth Institute at Columbia brings in several postdocs each year—it’s a two-year gig—and some of them have been statisticians (recently, Kenny Shirley, Leontine Alkema, Shira Mitchell, and Milad Kharratzadeh). We’re particularly interested in statisticians who have research interests in development and public health. It’s fine—not just fine, but ideal—if you are interested in statistical […] The post Apply for the Earth Institute Postdoc at Columbia and work with us!…

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Automated Inference on Criminality Using High-tech GIGO Analysis

September 27, 2017
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Yee Whye Teh writes: You might be interested in this article. My reply was that this is just a big joke, one more bit of hype over a bunch of correlations. Lots of obvious problems with this paper, and it’s too bad that journalists fell for it. And, as an MIT grad, I’m particularly sad […] The post Automated Inference on Criminality Using High-tech GIGO Analysis appeared first on Statistical…

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