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The difference between “significant” and “not significant” is not itself statistically significant: Education edition

May 25, 2016
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The difference between “significant” and “not significant” is not itself statistically significant:  Education edition

In a news article entitled “Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class,” Jeff Guo writes: For the past 15 years, educators have debated, exhaustively, the perils of laptops in the lecture hall. . . . Now there is an answer, thanks to a big, new experiment from economists at West Point, who randomly banned […] The post The difference between “significant” and “not significant” is not itself statistically significant:…

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Annals of really pitiful spammers

May 25, 2016
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Here it is: On May 18, 2016, at 8:38 AM, ** wrote: Dr. Gelman, I hope all is well. I looked at your paper on [COMPANY] and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It […] The post Annals of really pitiful spammers appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Albedo-boy is back!

May 24, 2016
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Albedo-boy is back!

New story here. Background here and here. The post Albedo-boy is back! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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Now that’s what I call a power pose!

May 22, 2016
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Now that’s what I call a power pose!

John writes: See below for your humour file or blogging on a quiet day. . . . Perhaps you could start a competition for the wackiest real-life mangling of statistical concepts (restricted to a genuine academic setting?). On 15 Feb 2016, at 5:25 PM, [****] wrote: Pick of the bunch from tomorrow’s pile of applications […] The post Now that’s what I call a power pose! appeared first on Statistical…

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Is fraac Scott Adams?

May 17, 2016
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Is fraac Scott Adams?

tl;dr: If you value your time, don’t read this post. In favor of the fraac=Adams hypothesis: 1. Fraac came to our attention with a burst of comments on my 2011 post on Scott Adams and Charlie Sheen. Here’s fraac, defending Adams in a very Adams-like way: Besides the fact that fraac is one of the […] The post Is fraac Scott Adams? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Peer review abuse flashback

May 15, 2016
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Peer review abuse flashback

Our recent discussion of the problems with peer review reminded me of this amusing/horrifying story from a few years ago, when some researchers noticed a data coding error in a published paper Once it was noticed, the error was obvious: But the authors of the original paper had that never-back-down attitude. So instead of thanking […] The post Peer review abuse flashback appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Happy talk, meet the Edlin factor

May 12, 2016
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Mark Palko points us to this op-ed in which psychiatrist Richard Friedman writes: There are also easy and powerful ways to enhance learning in young people. For example, there is intriguing evidence that the attitude that young people have about their own intelligence — and what their teachers believe — can have a big impact […] The post Happy talk, meet the Edlin factor appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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The Puzzle of Paul Meehl: An intellectual history of research criticism in psychology

May 6, 2016
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The Puzzle of Paul Meehl:  An intellectual history of research criticism in psychology

There’s nothing wrong with Meehl. He’s great. The puzzle of Paul Meehl is that everything we’re saying now, all this stuff about the problems with Psychological Science and PPNAS and Ted talks and all that, Paul Meehl was saying 50 years ago. And it was no secret. So how is it that all this was […] The post The Puzzle of Paul Meehl: An intellectual history of research criticism in…

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I’m really getting tired of this sort of thing, and I don’t feel like scheduling it for September, so I’ll post it at 1 in the morning

May 6, 2016
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A couple days ago I received an email: I’m a reporter for *** [newspaper], currently looking into a fun article about a recent study, and my old professor *** recommended I get in touch with you to see if you would give me a comment on the statistics in the study. It’s a bit of […] The post I’m really getting tired of this sort of thing, and I don’t…

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Bummer! NPR bites on air rage study.

May 5, 2016
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Bummer!  NPR bites on air rage study.

OK, here’s the story. A couple days ago, regarding the now-notorious PPNAS article, “Physical and situational inequality on airplanes predicts air rage,” I wrote: NPR will love this paper. It directly targets their demographic of people who are rich enough to fly a lot but not rich enough to fly first class, and who think […] The post Bummer! NPR bites on air rage study. appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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