April 23, 2014

9:49 PM | estimating the influence of a tweet–now with 33% more causal inference!
Twitter is kind of a big deal. Not just out there in the world at large, but also in the research community, which loves the kind of structured metadata you can retrieve for every tweet. A lot of researchers rely heavily on twitter to model social networks, information propagation, persuasion, and all kinds of interesting […]

April 21, 2014

5:34 AM | then gravity let go
This is fiction. My grandmother’s stroke destroyed most of Nuremberg and all of Wurzburg. She was sailing down the Danube on a boat when it happened. I won’t tell you who she was with and what they were doing at the time, because you’ll think less of her for it, and anyway it’s not relevant […]

March 30, 2014

8:54 PM | what exactly is it that 53% of neuroscience articles fail to do?
A new paper in Nature Neuroscience by Emmeke Aarts and colleagues argues that neuroscientists should start using hierarchical  (or multilevel) models in their work in order to account for the nested structure of their data. From the abstract: In neuroscience, experimental designs in which multiple observations are collected from a single research object (for example, multiple […]
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