Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

When does research have active opposition?

March 24, 2017
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When does research have active opposition?

A reporter was asking me the other day about the Brian Wansink “pizzagate” scandal. The whole thing is embarrassing for journalists and bloggers who’ve been reporting on this guy’s claims entirely uncritically for years. See here, for example. Or here and here. Or here, here, here, and here. Or here. Or here, here, here, . […] The post When does research have active opposition? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Mortality rate trends by age, ethnicity, sex, and state (link fixed)

March 23, 2017
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Mortality rate trends by age, ethnicity, sex, and state (link fixed)

There continues to be a lot of discussion on the purported increase in mortality rates among middle-aged white people in America. Actually an increase among women and not much change among men but you don’t hear so much about this as it contradicts the “struggling white men” story that we hear so much about in […] The post Mortality rate trends by age, ethnicity, sex, and state (link fixed) appeared…

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Clarke’s Law: Any sufficiently crappy research is indistinguishable from fraud (Pizzagate edition)

March 20, 2017
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Clarke’s Law: Any sufficiently crappy research is indistinguishable from fraud (Pizzagate edition)

This recent Pizzagate post by Nick Brown reminds me of our discussion of Clarke’s Law last year. P.S. I watched a couple more episodes of Game of Thrones on the plane the other day. It was pretty good! And so I continue to think this watching GoT is more valuable than writing error-ridden papers such […] The post Clarke’s Law: Any sufficiently crappy research is indistinguishable from fraud (Pizzagate edition)…

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Dark Angel

March 16, 2017
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Dark Angel

Chris Kavanagh writes: I know you are all too frequently coming across defensive, special pleading-laced responses to failed replications so I thought I would just point out a recent a very admirable response from Will Gervais posted on his blog. He not only commends the replicators but acknowledges that the original finding was likely a […] The post Dark Angel appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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Hey, we’re hiring a postdoc! To work on survey weighting! And imputation!

March 14, 2017
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Here’s the ad: The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Columbia Population Research Center are seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, statistics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology, or a related discipline, to lead the development of survey weights and missing data imputations for the New York City […] The post Hey, we’re hiring a postdoc! To work on survey weighting! And imputation!…

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Postdoc in Montclair, N.J., on research and evaluation of youth programs

March 12, 2017
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Postdoc in Montclair, N.J., on research and evaluation of youth programs

Miriam Linver sends along this job posting: The Post-Doctoral Researcher will conduct independent research as a member of the Research on Evaluation and Developmental Systems Science (REDSS) Lab at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, under the supervision of co-Directors Dr. Jennifer Urban & Dr. Miriam Linver (http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/research/redss-lab/). The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work on the […] The post Postdoc in Montclair, N.J., on research and evaluation of youth programs appeared…

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How is preregistration like random sampling and controlled experimentation

March 9, 2017
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How is preregistration like random sampling and controlled experimentation

In the discussion following my talk yesterday, someone asked about preregistration and I gave an answer that I really liked, something I’d never thought of before. I started with my usual story that preregistration is great in two settings: (a) replicating your own exploratory work (as in the 50 shades of gray paper), and (b) […] The post How is preregistration like random sampling and controlled experimentation appeared first on…

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Hey! Can you guess the 3 goofy tricks that this new journal is trying to improve peer review?

March 6, 2017
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Rob Bloomfield writes: I [Bloomfield] am a new editor of a new Journal of Financial Reporting, and we’re trying to make some changes to peer review in our field.  I’d be very interested to hear your and your readers’ thoughts on whether our approach will help address the types of problems often discussed on your […] The post Hey! Can you guess the 3 goofy tricks that this new journal…

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Theoretical statistics is the theory of applied statistics: how to think about what we do (My talk Wednesday—today!—4:15pm at the Harvard statistics dept)

March 1, 2017
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Theoretical statistics is the theory of applied statistics: how to think about what we do Andrew Gelman, Department of Statistics and Department of Political Science, Columbia University Working scientists and engineers commonly feel that philosophy is a waste of time. But theoretical and philosophical principles can guide practice, so it makes sense for us to […] The post Theoretical statistics is the theory of applied statistics: how to think about…

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Ethics and the Replication Crisis and Science (my talk Tues 6pm)

February 27, 2017
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I’ll be speaking on Ethics and the Replication Crisis and Science tomorrow (Tues 28 Feb) 6-7:30pm at room 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University. I don’t plan to speak for 90 minutes; I assume there will be lots of time for discussion. Here’s the abstract that I whipped up: Busy scientists sometimes view ethics and philosophy […] The post Ethics and the Replication Crisis and Science (my talk Tues 6pm) appeared…

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