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Hey, I just wrote my April Fool’s post!

December 17, 2014
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(scheduled to appear in a few months, of course). I think you’ll like it. Or hate it. Depending on who you are. The post Hey, I just wrote my April Fool’s post! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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Wegman Frey Hauser Weick Fischer Dr. Anil Potti Stapel comes clean

December 17, 2014
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Thomas Leeper points me to Diederik Stapel’s memoir, “Faking Science: A True Story of Academic Fraud,” translated by Nick Brown and available online for free download. The post Wegman Frey Hauser Weick Fischer Dr. Anil Potti Stapel co...

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The Fallacy of Placing Confidence in Confidence Intervals

December 11, 2014
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The Fallacy of Placing Confidence in Confidence Intervals

Richard Morey writes: On the tail of our previous paper about confidence intervals, showing that researchers tend to misunderstand the inferences one can draw from CIs, we [Morey, Rink Hoekstra, Jeffrey Rouder, Michael Lee, and EJ Wagenmakers] have another paper that we have just submitted which talks about the theory underlying inference by CIs. Our […] The post The Fallacy of Placing Confidence in Confidence Intervals appeared first on Statistical…

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The inclination to deny all variation

December 10, 2014
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The inclination to deny all variation

One thing we’ve been discussing a lot lately is the discomfort many people—many researchers—feel about uncertainty. This was particularly notable in the reaction of psychologists Jessica Tracy and Alec Beall to our “garden of forking paths” paper, but really we see it all over: people find some pattern in their data and they don’t even […] The post The inclination to deny all variation appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Don’t believe everything you read in the (scientific) papers

December 9, 2014
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Don’t believe everything you read in the (scientific) papers

A journalist writes in with a question: This study on [sexy topic] is getting a lot of attention, and I wanted to see if you had a few minutes to look it over for me . . . Basically, I am somewhat skeptical of [sexy subject area] explanations of complex behavior, and in this case […] The post Don’t believe everything you read in the (scientific) papers appeared first on…

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Buggy-whip update

December 9, 2014
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Buggy-whip update

On 12 Aug I sent the following message to Michael Link, president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.  (I could not find Link’s email on the AAPOR webpage but I did some googling and found an email address for him at nielsen.com.): Dear Dr. Link:A colleague pointed me to a statement released under your […] The post Buggy-whip update appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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Plaig: it’s not about the copying, it’s about the lack of attribution

December 6, 2014
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I think most of you understand this one already but there still seems to be some confusion on how plagiarism works, so here goes . . . Basbøll links to a twitter feed by Adam Kotsko, a scholar of religion who’s written about the work of controversial philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Kotsko appears to be annoyed […] The post Plaig: it’s not about the copying, it’s about the lack of attribution…

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The persistence of the “schools are failing” story line

December 5, 2014
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The persistence of the “schools are failing” story line

I happened to come across a post from 2011 about some work of Roland Fryer, a prominent economist who works in education research. In an article, Fryer made the offhand remark that “test scores have been largely constant over the past thirty years,” a claim that was completely contradicted by one of the graphs in […] The post The persistence of the “schools are failing” story line appeared first on…

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Arizona plagiarism update

November 28, 2014
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More details on the Matthew Whitaker case from Brian Gratton and from Rick Shenkman. Shenkman even goes to the trouble of interviewing some of the people involved. It’s not pretty. One of the people involved in this sad, sad story, is Michael Crow, formerly at Columbia and currently president of the University of Arizona Arizona […] The post Arizona plagiarism update appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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The hype cycle starts again

November 24, 2014
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The hype cycle starts again

Completely uncritical press coverage of a speculative analysis. But, hey, it was published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PPNAS)! What could possibly go wrong? Here’s what Erik Larsen writes: In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, People search for meaning when they approach a […] The post The hype cycle starts again appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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