Posts Tagged ‘ Zombies ’

I hate R, volume 38942

April 26, 2017
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I hate R, volume 38942

R doesn’t allow block comments. You have to comment out each line, or you can encapsulate the block in if(0){} which is the world’s biggest hack. Grrrrr. P.S. Just to clarify: I want block commenting not because I want to add long explanatory blocks of text to annotate my scripts. I want block commenting because […] The post I hate R, volume 38942 appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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The meta-hype algorithm

April 23, 2017
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The meta-hype algorithm

Kevin Lewis pointed me to this article: There are several methods for building hype. The wealth of currently available public relations techniques usually forces the promoter to judge, a priori, what will likely be the best method. Meta-hype is a methodology that facilitates this decision by combining all identified hype algorithms pertinent for a particular […] The post The meta-hype algorithm appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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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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“Do you think the research is sound or is it gimmicky pop science?”

April 17, 2017
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“Do you think the research is sound or is it gimmicky pop science?”

David Nguyen writes: I wanted to get your opinion on http://www.scienceofpeople.com/. Do you think the research is sound or is it gimmicky pop science? My reply: I have no idea. But since I see no evidence on the website, I’ll assume it’s pseudoscience until I hear otherwise. I won’t believe it until it has the […] The post “Do you think the research is sound or is it gimmicky pop…

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Organizations that defend junk science are pitiful suckers get conned and conned again

April 16, 2017
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Organizations that defend junk science are pitiful suckers get conned and conned again

So. Cornell stands behind Wansink, and Ohio State stands behind Croce. George Mason University bestows honors on Weggy. Penn State trustee disses “so-called victims.” Local religious leaders aggressively defend child abusers in their communities. And we all remember how long it took for Duke University to close the door on Dr. Anil Potti. OK, I […] The post Organizations that defend junk science are pitiful suckers get conned and conned…

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Air rage rage

April 13, 2017
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Air rage rage

Commenter David alerts us that Consumer Reports fell for the notorious air rage story. Background on air rage here and here. Or, if you want to read something by someone other than me, here. This last piece is particularly devastating as it addresses flaws in the underlying research article, hype in the news reporting, and […] The post Air rage rage appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Pizzagate update! Response from the Cornell University Media Relations Office

April 12, 2017
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Pizzagate update!  Response from the Cornell University Media Relations Office

Hey! A few days ago I received an email from the Cornell University Media Relations Office. As I reported in this space, I responded as follows: Dear Cornell University Media Relations Office: Thank you for pointing me to these two statements. Unfortunately I fear that you are minimizing the problem. You write, “while numerous instances […] The post Pizzagate update! Response from the Cornell University Media Relations Office appeared first…

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Mmore from Ppnas

April 10, 2017
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Kevin Lewis asks for my take on two new papers: Study 1: Honesty plays a key role in social and economic interactions and is crucial for societal functioning. However, breaches of honesty are pervasive and cause significant societal and economic problems that can affect entire nations. Despite its importance, remarkably little is known about the […] The post Mmore from Ppnas appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Molyneux expresses skepticism on hot hand

April 10, 2017
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Molyneux expresses skepticism on hot hand

Guy Molyneux writes: I saw your latest post on the hot hand too late to contribute to the discussion there. While I don’t disagree with your critique of Gilovich and his reluctance to acknowledge past errors, I do think you underestimate the power of the evidence against a meaningful hot hand effect in sports. I […] The post Molyneux expresses skepticism on hot hand appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Cross Purposes

April 8, 2017
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A correspondent writes: I thought you might enjoy this… I’m refereeing a paper which basically looks at whether survey responses on a particular topic vary when the question is asked in two different ways. In the main results table they split the sample along several relevant dimensions (education; marital status; religion; etc). I give them […] The post Cross Purposes appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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