Posts Tagged ‘ Sociology ’

Drug-funded profs push drugs

April 22, 2017
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Someone who wishes to remain anonymous writes: I just read a long ProPublica article that I think your blog commenters might be interested in. It’s from February, but was linked to by the Mad Biologist today (https://mikethemadbiologist.com/). Here is a link to the article: https://www.propublica.org/article/big-pharma-quietly-enlists-leading-professors-to-justify-1000-per-day-drugs In short, it’s about a group of professors (mainly economists) […] The post Drug-funded profs push drugs appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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My proposal for JASA: “Journal” = review reports + editors’ recommendations + links to the original paper and updates + post-publication comments

April 19, 2017
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My proposal for JASA:  “Journal” = review reports + editors’ recommendations + links to the original paper and updates + post-publication comments

Whenever they’ve asked me to edit a statistics journal, I say no thank you because I think I can make more of a contribution through this blog. I’ve said no enough times that they’ve stopped asking me. But I’ve had an idea for awhile and now I want to do it. I think that journals […] The post My proposal for JASA: “Journal” = review reports + editors’ recommendations +…

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Reputational incentives and post-publication review: two (partial) solutions to the misinformation problem

April 18, 2017
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So. There are erroneous analyses published in scientific journals and in the news. Here I’m not talking not about outright propaganda, but about mistakes that happen to coincide with the preconceptions of their authors. We’ve seen lots of examples. Here are just a few: – Political scientist Larry Bartels is committed to a model of […] The post Reputational incentives and post-publication review: two (partial) solutions to the misinformation problem…

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Crack Shot

March 29, 2017
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Crack Shot

Raghu Parthasarathy writes: You might find this interesting, an article (and related essay) on the steadily declining percentage of NIH awards going to mid-career scientists and the steadily increasing percentage going to older researchers. The key figure is below. The part that may be of particular interest to you, since you’ve written about age-adjustment in demographic work: does […] The post Crack Shot appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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No-op: The case of Case and Deaton

March 24, 2017
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In responding to some recent blog comments I noticed an overlap among our two most recent posts: 1. Mortality rate trends by age, ethnicity, sex, and state 2. When does research have active opposition? The first post was all about the fascinating patterns you can find by analyzing and graphing data from the CDC Wonder […] The post No-op: The case of Case and Deaton appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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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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