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March 22, 2014

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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

March 20, 2014

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9:45 PM | Parenthood: Trial or Tribulation?
This is the first post in a four-part series on parenthood and happiness. On New Years Day I celebrated not only the start of a new year, but a new phase in my life. A few (long) hours after midnight I became a parent, and my life was irrevocably changed. In the journey to parenthood I knew one thing to be true—that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Would becoming a parent bring me joy, love, and gratitude greater than I had previously known? Would I find myself anxious, […]

Nelson, S., Kushlev, K. & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The Pains and Pleasures of Parenting: When, Why, and How Is Parenthood Associated With More or Less Well-Being?, Psychological Bulletin, DOI:

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6:27 PM | Teaching Bayesian applied statistics to graduate students in political science, sociology, public health, education, economics, . . .
One of the most satisfying experiences for an academic is when someone asks a question that you’ve already answered. This happened in the comments today. Daniel Gotthardt wrote: So for applied stat courses like for sociologists, political scientists, psychologists and maybe also for economics, what do we actually want to accomplish with our intro courses? […]The post Teaching Bayesian applied statistics to graduate students in political science, sociology, public health, education, […]
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4:52 PM | School Ban of 'My Little Pony' Backpack Raises Gender Issues
Can it ever be right to restrict the bullying victim rather than the bullies?read more
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1:59 PM | Learning from Othello – Shakespeare’s tragedy provided professional tools for future teachers.
Mediterranean scenes from the 16th century became familiar to future teachers in drama rehearsals at the University of Tampere. The rehearsals were a part of teacher training and they were...
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1:28 PM | The candy weighing demonstration, or, the unwisdom of crowds
From 2008: The candy weighing demonstration, or, the unwisdom of crowds My favorite statistics demonstration is the one with the bag of candies. I’ve elaborated upon it since including it in the Teaching Statistics book and I thought these tips might be useful to some of you. Preparation Buy 100 candies of different sizes and […]The post The candy weighing demonstration, or, the unwisdom of crowds appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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