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Allen Downey
Worked at Olin College
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Needham, MA
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Following up a question about hypothesis testing, I've collected some resources related to simulation methods.
In 2011 I wrote an article called "There is Only One Test", where I explained that all hypothesis tests are based on the same framework, which looks like this: Here are the elements of this framework: 1) Given a dataset, ...
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Does engineering education breed terrorism?  We have no reason to think so.
I am a big fan of engineering education. I think studying engineering for four years is intellectually challenging, exciting, and (when it is done right) fun. An engineering education is good preparation for careers in many...
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DSP experts, I need help explaining some unexpected results.
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Exploring propensity score matching estimators.
In my work on Internet use and religion, one of the recurring questions is whether the analysis I am doing, primarily regression models using observational data, provides evidence that Internet use causes decreased religiosit...
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The apparent effect of Internet use on religiosity is bigger than the effect of education, income, television, or other media.
In the previous article, I presented preliminary results from a study of relationships between Internet use and religion. Using data from the European Social Survey, I ran regressions to estimate the effect of media consumpt...
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Some very religious people fear the Internet. Meanwhile, doubters can find like minded people online and lose their fear of being ostracized for their lack of belief.
Correlative finding is ambiguous...
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More preliminary results from a study of Internet use and religion in Europe.  
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Run the notebooks from my Bayes workshop on Binder.
I am working on an updated version of my workshop, Bayesian Statistics Made Simple, now using Jupyter notebooks (formerly known as IPython). It's still a work in progress, but you can see a draft of my slides here: If you ...
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30% of college freshman identify as atheist (6%) agnostic (8%) or none (16%).
Updated results from the CIRP Freshman Survey were published last week, which means it's time for me to update to my annual series on the increasing number of college students with no religious affiliation (the "nones"). Sinc...
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Why I frequently do things experts say you are not supposed to do.
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Internet use predicts religiosity (other things being equal), but not the other way around.  Evidence of causation?
In the previous article, I show results from two regression models that predict religious affiliation and degree of religiosity. I use the models to compare hypothetical respondents who are at their national means for all ex...
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Internet use is associated with less religious affiliation and less religiosity in almost every European country.
This article reports preliminary results from an exploration of the relationship between religion and Internet use in Europe, using data from the European Social Survey (ESS). I describe the data processing pipeline and m...
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Preliminary results from my exploration of Internet use and religious affiliation in Europe.
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  • Olin College
    Professor of Computer Science
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Professor of Computer Science at Olin College
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I am a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College and author of Think Python, Think Stats, Think Bayes, Think Complexity, and more to come.
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    Computer Science
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