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Allen Downey
Worked at Olin College
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Needham, MA
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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.
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More preliminary results from a study of Internet use and religion in Europe.  
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In my second article on estimating risk of recidivism, I compare alternative estimation methods.
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My video from Stata NYC 2015 is available now.
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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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Among criminologists, there is some debate (and confusion) about the validity of applying group probabilities to individuals.  I attempt to clarify and resolve.
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Probably Overthinking It hit 1,000,000 page views over the weekend.  Here's my retrospective.
When I was in third grade, the principal of my elementary school announced a bottle cap drive with the goal of collecting one million bottle caps. The point, as I recall, was to demonstrate that one million is a very large n...
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    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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