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January 14, 2015

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9:10 PM | Egg yolks as design feature
I have more trouble than I should remembering how many cups of flour I’ve put in the batter so far, but I never have trouble remembering the number of eggs, because each egg comes with a yellow token to help in keeping count. I’d say egg’s are pretty well designed, although, to be fair, a […]
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5:10 PM | Stan comes through . . . again!
Erikson Kaszubowski writes in: I missed your call for Stan research stories, but the recent post about stranded dolphins mentioned it again. When I read about the Crowdstorming project in your blog, I thought it would be a good project to apply my recent studies in Bayesian modeling. The project coordinators shared a big dataset […] The post Stan comes through . . . again! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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3:51 PM | La seducción del lado oscuro
Hacer el mal, o la mera idea de causar un daño a nuestros semejantes en beneficio propio, nos suele causar repulsión. Sin embargo, muchas personas acaban seducidas por esta forma […]
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1:59 PM | Some art so far
In response to my request #1 (“Gone Fishing” T-shirt), Ed Witt sent in this: I thanked Ed and asked if it would be possible to take the image and add to it so it’s clear that the “.05” is being drawn from a sea of other numbers, also with a little bucket next to the […] The post Some art so far appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 13, 2015

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2:08 PM | Artist needed!
We have some great ideas but none of us can draw. We need your help with designs and art for any or all of these projects: 1. “Gone Fishing” T-shirt A person is standing in a boat, fishing. The lake is full, not of fish but of little numbers: “.14″, “.31″, “.08″, etc etc. And […] The post Artist needed! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:36 PM | German Networks on the Third Crusade
#NetworkScience As we are increasingly confronted with actors operating outside “normal” state-centric networks, studying a period when states paradoxically consisted of non-state networks can be very enlightening. I have mentioned the study of medieval England in a previous post. My third historical … Continue reading →
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10:58 AM | In the era of #repligate: What are valid cues for the trustworthiness of a study?
In a recent lecture I talked about the replication crisis in psychology. After the lecture my students asked: “We learn so much stuff in our lectures, and now you tell us that a considerable proportion of these ‘facts’ probably are just false positives? Then, what can we believe at all?”. A short discussion soon led […]

January 12, 2015

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4:17 PM | Abierta la Convocatoria UDIMA de Movilidad Erasmus+ con fines de estudio y prácticas
El Rectorado de la Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA) informa de la apertura de la convocatoria Erasmus+ para movilidad con fines de estudio y de prácticas, para estudiantes de […]
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4:05 PM | What’s misleading about the phrase, “Statistical significance is not the same as practical significance”
You’ve heard it a million times, the idea is that if you have an estimate of .003 (on some reasonable scale in which 1 is a meaningful effect size) and a standard error of .001 then, yes, the estimate is statistically significant but it’s not practically significant. And, indeed, sometimes this sort of thing comes […] The post What’s misleading about the phrase, “Statistical significance is not the same as practical significance” appeared first on […]
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2:00 PM | On deck this week
Mon: What’s misleading about the phrase, “Statistical significance is not the same as practical significance” Tues: Artist needed! Wed: Stan comes through . . . again! Thurs: I need your help in setting up the ultimate bracket: Picking the ideal seminar speaker Fri: When a study fails to replicate: let’s be fair and open-minded Sat: […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 11, 2015

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2:11 PM | “Epidemiology and Biostatistics: competitive or complementary?”
Mohammad Mansournia writes: I have a 20 minute lecture on “Epidemiology and Biostatistics: competitive or complementary?” at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in the next month. I should mention the difference between an epidemiologist and a biostatistician and their competitive or complementary roles in public health. I am wondering if you have any thoughts on […] The post “Epidemiology and Biostatistics: competitive or complementary?” appeared first on […]
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2:02 AM | Wow—this is much more impressive than anything Frank Flynn ever did!
This is what I call a rogue sociologist. The post Wow—this is much more impressive than anything Frank Flynn ever did! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 10, 2015

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10:50 PM | Wearable display and pocket computing
Again with headache, after a few hours of working in train, it comes apparent that even with hi-def, retina displays, the non-ergonomic posture and other troubles of working with laptops in cramped surroundings of mobile work are not going away. … Continue reading →
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8:06 PM | going barefoot
claimtoken-54b2a4e90fff9 New year, new site, new name, new entry. [bloga.epidemiologica] has served me well, but it’s time to change things up and go barefoot. The term “gumshoe epidemiology” is nearly always preceded by the adjective “classic.” The term refers to the basic epidemiological fieldwork: house-to-house, person-to-person, eatery-to-eatery detective work involved in tracking down the source…
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2:22 PM | A completely reasonable-sounding statement with which I strongly disagree
In the context of a listserv discussion about replication in psychology experiments, someone wrote: The current best estimate of the effect size is somewhere in between the original study and the replication’s reported value. This conciliatory, split-the-difference statement sounds reasonable, and it might well represent good politics in the context of a war over replications—but […] The post A completely reasonable-sounding statement with which I strongly disagree appeared […]
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12:10 AM | Five Things Being A Zumba Instructor Has Taught Me About Science Communication.
So, here is something that the casual reader of this blog may or may not know about me: In my other, non-psychology life, I’ve been working part-time for the past 2 years as a licensed Zumba®... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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January 09, 2015

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4:12 PM | Newsblast Volume 5 Issue 1
#NetworkScience In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast Dr. Daniel Franke discusses a project he is working on, sifting through personal testimony and official reports to create command networks during the Civil War. He is studying the Overland … Continue reading →
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2:52 PM | Planning my class for this semester: Thinking aloud about how to move toward active learning?
I’m teaching two classes this semester: - Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys (in the political science department, but the course has lots of statistics content); - Statistical Communication and Graphics (in the statistics department, but last time I taught it, many of the students were from other fields). I’ve taught both classes before. I […] The post Planning my class for this semester: Thinking aloud about how to move toward active learning? appeared first on […]
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9:03 AM | New research, Games and Culture
Interesting new research papers coming out in Games and Culture, OnlineFirst: Animated Frustration or the Ambivalence of Player Agency by Daniel Johnson Alienated Playbour: Relations of Production in EVE Online by Nicholas Taylor, Kelly Bergstrom, Jennifer Jenson, and Suzanne de … Continue reading →

January 08, 2015

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5:17 PM | Should Neuroscience Save Tsarnaev From the Death Penalty?
Nature, nurture, and the developing brain of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.read more
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2:14 PM | “Life Paths and Accomplishments of Mathematically Precocious Males and Females Four Decades Later”
Hmmmm . . . I think that, by “males and females,” they mean “boys and girls.” Anyway, I was interested in this paper (by David Lubinski, Camilla Benbow, and Harrison Kell) because . . . I’m one of the kids in the study. I was 11 years old at the time. What’s happened since then? […] The post “Life Paths and Accomplishments of Mathematically Precocious Males and Females Four Decades Later” appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal […]

January 07, 2015

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6:24 PM | What to do in 2015: Your statistics diary
For the last two weeks of our class on statistical communication, I gave my students the following assignment: Every day, you will write an entry in your statistics diary. Just set up a text or Word file and add to it each day. The diary entries can be anything. They can be short slice-of-life observations […] The post What to do in 2015: Your statistics diary appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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5:28 PM | Stone cold sober as a matter of fact
The blog is back. We had some problems, I have no idea why. But it looks ok now. We’ll reschedule some posts that appeared briefly during the rebuilding process. The post Stone cold sober as a matter of fact appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:30 PM | Top Ten I-O Workplace Trends for 2015
As is becoming a yearly tradition, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has released its list of anticipated top workplace trends for 2015 based upon a vote of the current SIOP membership.  Here they are, with a little commentary: Changes in Laws May Affect Employment-Related Decisions.  This has been a year of sweeping […]The post Top Ten I-O Workplace Trends for 2015 appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Unpacking the Top […]
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10:13 AM | New issue: Fafnir, Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
Spreading word, the new issue of Fafnir is out: Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 4/2014 Jyrki Korpua, Hanna-Riikka Roine & Päivi Väätänen: Editorial 4/2014 Download this article as PDF _____________________________________________ William Bowman: Women and Women: … Continue reading →
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8:50 AM | Tieteen päivät: peliteollisuussessio
[Session about Finnish game industry in Tieteen päivät 2015 event] Tervetuloa ilmaiseen tiedetapahtumaan: Tieteen päivät 2015 -tapahtuma sisältää myös session “Demoskeneä vai Tekes-tukea – suomalaisen peliteollisuuden menestystekijät”, jonka puheenjohtajana toimin. Asiantuntijanäkökulmia tarjoaa kolme puhujaa: Olli Sotamaa, Sonja Ängeslevä ja Jani … Continue reading →
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2:13 AM | Blog problems
Hi, the blog got screwed up. We’re busy fixing it. But, in the meantime, please don’t comment, as I can’t be sure the new comments will be saved. The post Blog problems appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 06, 2015

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2:08 PM | Artist needed!
We have some great ideas but none of us can draw. We need your help with designs and art for any or all of these projects: 1. “Gone Fishing” T-shirt A person is standing in a boat, fishing. The lake is full, not of fish but of little numbers: “.14″, “.31″, “.08″, etc etc. And […] The post Artist needed! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 05, 2015

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4:01 PM | There’s something about humans
An interesting point came up recently. In the abstract to my psychology talk, I’d raised the question: If we can’t trust p-values, does experimental science involving human variation just have to start over? In the comments, Rahul wrote: Isn’t the qualifier about human variation redundant? If we cannot trust p-values we cannot trust p-values. My […] The post There’s something about humans appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:00 PM | On deck this week
Mon: There’s something about humans Tues: Artist needed! Wed: Bayesian models, causal inference, and time-varying exposures Thurs: When a study fails to replicate: let’s be fair and open-minded Fri: “In general I think these literatures have too much focus on data analysis and not enough on data collection.” Sat: A completely reasonable-sounding statement with which […] The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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