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March 28, 2014

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5:53 PM | Green Thumbery: A Gardening Series and Winter Sowing
Last summer was the first time I had space to have a garden of my own. I had never really tried to grow anything but marigolds prior to that—and that’s only because they insisted on surviving... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:53 PM | Green Thumbery: A Gardening Series and Winter Sowing
Last summer was the first time I had space to have a garden of my own. I had never really tried to grow anything but marigolds prior to that—and that’s only because they insisted on surviving... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:56 PM | Parenthood, Trial or Tribulation? Part 2
On New Year’s Day I became a parent, sparking my curiosity in the research on parenting and well-being and inspiring a four-part series on parenthood and happiness. This is the second post. Check out the first post here.Are parents happier than non-parents? Researchers have generally set about trying to answer this deceptively simple question in three ways:Are people with children happier than those without children?This is the most common approach to research on parenthood and […]

Callan, V. (1987). The Personal and Marital Adjustment of Mothers and of Voluntarily and Involuntarily Childless Wives, Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49 (4) 847. DOI:

Kahneman, D. (2004). A Survey Method for Characterizing Daily Life Experience: The Day Reconstruction Method, Science, 306 (5702) 1776-1780. DOI:

Lucas, R., Clark, A., Georgellis, Y. & Diener, E. (2003). Reexamining adaptation and the set point model of happiness: Reactions to changes in marital status., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84 (3) 527-539. DOI:

Luhmann, M., Hofmann, W., Eid, M. & Lucas, R. (2012). Subjective well-being and adaptation to life events: A meta-analysis., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102 (3) 592-615. DOI:

Nelson, S., Kushlev, K., English, T., Dunn, E. & Lyubomirsky, S. (2012). In Defense of Parenthood: Children Are Associated With More Joy Than Misery, Psychological Science, 24 (1) 3-10. DOI:

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1:59 PM | Creating a Lenin-style democracy
Mark Palko explains why a penalty for getting the wrong answer on a test (the SAT, which is used in college admissions and which is used in the famous 8 schools example) is not a “penalty for guessing.” Then the very next day he catches this from Todd Balf in the New York Times Magazine: […]The post Creating a Lenin-style democracy appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:56 PM | What happened to the world we knew?
I was unlocking my bike, with music turned on low, and a couple of high school kids were lounging around nearby. One of them walked over and asked, « Qui est-ce qui chante? ». I responded, “Stevie Wonder” (not trying any accent on this one). The kid said, « Ees good ».The post What happened to the world we knew? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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12:22 PM | Newsblast Volume 4 Issue 4
#NetworkScience In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast Dan Evans and Louis Boguchwal discuss how development of Small and Medium Enter-prises (SMEs) might be the answer to reduce high rates of youth unemployment and quell civil unrest in the … Continue reading →

March 27, 2014

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1:02 PM | Beyond the Valley of the Trolls
In a further discussion of the discussion about the discussion of a paper in Administrative Science Quarterly, Thomas Basbøll writes: I [Basbøll] feel “entitled”, if that’s the right word (actually, I’d say I feel privileged), to express my opinions to anyone who wants to listen, and while I think it does say something about an […]The post Beyond the Valley of the Trolls appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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6:30 AM | What does it mean to be an introvert online?
Did you take public transportation today? And where did you sit? Did you take the seat on the end? What about your phone at work? Did it actually ring today? Did you let it go to voicemail? In fact,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:30 AM | What does it mean to be an introvert online?
Did you take public transportation today? And where did you sit? Did you take the seat on the end? What about your phone at work? Did it actually ring today? Did you let it go to voicemail? In fact,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 26, 2014

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7:32 PM | New research journal on observational studies
Dylan Small writes: I am starting an observational studies journal that aims to publish papers on all aspects of observational studies, including study protocols for observational studies, methodologies for observational studies, descriptions of data sets for observational studies, software for observational studies and analyses of observational studies. One of the goals of the journal is […]The post New research journal on observational studies appeared first on Statistical Modeling, […]
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1:30 PM | Is I/O Psychology Ruining Human Resources?
In a recent issue of Human Resource Management Journal, Godard[1] provides a provocatively-titled opinion piece: “The psychologisation of employment relations?”  The central arguments of this paper are that 1) human resources management (HRM) is interdisciplinary, 2) industrial relations has historically been an important part of HRM, 3) organizational behavior has taken over HRM, pushing out industrial […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:CFP: Assessing Human […]
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1:10 PM | Is a steal really worth 9 points?
Theodore Vasiloudis writes: I’d like to bring your attention to this article by Benjamin Morris discussing the value of steals for the NBA. The author argues that a steal should be a highly sought after statistic as it equates to higher chances of victory and is very hard to replace when a player is injured. […]The post Is a steal really worth 9 points? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

March 25, 2014

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4:50 PM | Network Science Education Events
#NetworkScience The Network Science Center would like to highlight two up-coming events for researchers and educators in network science education . If you are in the Bay Area 1-2 June see how you can get involved. NetFest 2014: Bay Area … Continue reading →
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1:37 PM | A statistical graphics course and statistical graphics advice
Dean Eckles writes: Some of my coworkers at Facebook and I have worked with Udacity to create an online course on exploratory data analysis, including using data visualizations in R as part of EDA. The course has now launched at https://www.udacity.com/course/ud651 so anyone can take it for free. And Kaiser Fung has reviewed it. So definitely feel free […]The post A statistical graphics course and statistical graphics advice appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal […]
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4:32 AM | Creeping Connectivity: Work and Life in a Hyper-Connected World
It’s 10:30 PM on a Sunday night. I’ve finished folding our laundry and just started the dishwasher. As on most Sundays, S and I just finished watching The Walking Dead. Although while he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:32 AM | Creeping Connectivity: Work and Life in a Hyper-Connected World
It’s 10:30 PM on a Sunday night. I’ve finished folding our laundry and just started the dishwasher. As on most Sundays, S and I just finished watching The Walking Dead. Although while he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:05 AM | “I am Working-Class”: Self-Identification as a Measure of Social Class in Educational Research
Governments around the world are trying to open up higher education to working-class people. For example, in January this year, the White House released a report titled: "Increasing college opportunity for low-income students: Promising models and a call to action."In the context of this general push towards widening participation in higher education, my colleagues and I have been developing a research project that aims to investigate social class differences in social integration […]

Rubin, M., Denson, N., Kilpatrick, S., Matthews, K., Stehlik, T. & Zyngier, D. (2014). "I Am Working-Class": Subjective Self-Definition as a Missing Measure of Social Class and Socioeconomic Status in Higher Education Research, Educational Researcher, DOI:

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March 24, 2014

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3:30 PM | Empirical implications of Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
Robert Bloomfield writes: Most of the people in my field (accounting, which is basically applied economics and finance, leavened with psychology and organizational behavior) use ‘positive research methods’, which are typically described as coming to the data with a predefined theory, and using hypothesis testing to accept or reject the theory’s predictions. But a substantial […]The post Empirical implications of Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models appeared […]
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3:00 PM | On deck this week
OK, I’ve given up on theme weeks. I have enough saved-up material to do it, and it wouldn’t be too much trouble to group the scheduled posts into themes, but there doesn’t really seem to be a point. I say this because, having looked at the comment threads from the past few weeks, the comments […]The post On deck this week appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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2:35 PM | A Reptile Dysfunction: Unlikely Sources of Salmonella
Salmonella may well be one of the most disreputable microbes in Western society. It’s infamous for its food-poisoning capabilities and has a well known history of wrecking the bonhomous vibe following a good summer barbecue, not to mention its singular ability to cast a sickly shadow over the breathtaking bounty of an all-you-can-eat buffet. While […]The post A Reptile Dysfunction: Unlikely Sources of Salmonella appeared first on Body Horrors.
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1:54 PM | ToDiGRA: Nordic DiGRA Special Issue
After some technical delays, the special ToDiGRA journal issue based on the Nordic DiGRA 2012 conference best papers is now online. You can find the table of contents below, and the direct link to journal is: http://todigra.org/index.php/todigra/issue/view/2 Transactions of Digital Games … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | On deck this month
Actually, more like the next month and a half . . . I just have this long backlog so I thought I might as well share it with you: Empirical implications of Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models A statistical graphics course and statistical graphics advice What property is important in a risk prediction model? Discrimination […]The post On deck this month appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

March 23, 2014

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3:18 PM | Greg Mankiw’s utility function
From 2010: Greg Mankiw writes (link from Tyler Cowen): Without any taxes, accepting that editor’s assignment would have yielded my children an extra $10,000. With taxes, it yields only $1,000. In effect, once the entire tax system is taken into account, my family’s marginal tax rate is about 90 percent. Is it any wonder that […]The post Greg Mankiw’s utility function appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:09 PM | Narcis refreshed, but not improved
Narcis is the overarching repository of (Open Access) repositories in the Netherlands. The website was entirely refreshed last week. It got a fresh, modern look. This new look was badly needed. What did not change was the underlying database and quality of the data. That is a rally missed opportunity. Changing the paint, where repairing […] The post Narcis refreshed, but not improved appeared first on WoW! Wouter on the Web.
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5:19 AM | Win probabilities during a sporting event
Todd Schneider writes: Apropos of your recent blog post about modeling score differential of basketball games, I thought you might enjoy a site I built,gambletron2000.com, that gathers real-time win probabilities from betting markets for most major sports (including NBA and college basketball). My original goal was to use the variance of changes in win probabilities […]The post Win probabilities during a sporting event appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]

March 22, 2014

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9:29 PM | The most faithful males make the most devoted fathers.
Owl monkeys found to be perfectly monogamous. What about us?read more
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1:06 PM | Picking pennies in front of a steamroller: A parable comes to life
From 2011: Chapter 1 On Sunday we were over on 125 St so I stopped by the Jamaican beef patties place but they were closed. Jesus Taco was next door so I went there instead. What a mistake! I don’t know what Masanao and Yu-Sung could’ve been thinking. Anyway, then I had Jamaican beef patties […]The post Picking pennies in front of a steamroller: A parable comes to life appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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10:36 AM | Postdoc at Rennes on multilevel missing data imputation
Julie Josse sends along this job announcement: A post-doctoral position is available in the applied mathematics department of Agrocampus Rennes. The postdoc will be funded by the Henri Lebesgue Center (see http://www.lebesgue.fr/) if the application is selected. Applicants are expected to send their application before 31 March 2014. The research focus is on development of […]The post Postdoc at Rennes on multilevel missing data imputation appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal […]

March 21, 2014

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1:53 PM | Random matrices in the news
From 2010: Mark Buchanan wrote a cover article for the New Scientist on random matrices, a heretofore obscure area of probability theory that his headline writer characterizes as “the deep law that shapes our reality.” It’s interesting stuff, and he gets into some statistical applications at the end, so I’ll give you my take on it. But […]The post Random matrices in the news appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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7:17 AM | Keynote: Tulevaisuus haastaa oppimisen
[Keynote on the future of learning in Jyväskylä] Olen kutsuttuna puhujana Peda.net-tapahtumassa Jyväskylässä ensi viikolla. “Tulevaisuus haastaa oppimisen ja verkko-opettajan” -seminaarissa 28.3. puhun otsikolla “Pelillisyys ja oppiminen – murrosten aika”. Linkki ohjelmaan: http://peda.net/veraja/tulevaisuushaastaaoppimisen/ohjelma
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