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Gregory Tooman
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The Other Person's Hunchback
 There's an old Italian saying, "you can only see the other person's hunchback." This applies to how we see ourselves in relation to other people in so many ways......but none more telling than in defining our own biases. Over and over again, studies show t...
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Social Scientists as Attention Hogs - A bad idea who's time has come?
In this NY Times article , an ugly truth is exposed: the desire for popular press attention has influenced journals in the social sciences to inflate results. These are technical journals, designed to add to science's body of knowledge through rigorous stud...
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"You can’t fatten a pig by weighing it," and Other Observations
I haven't posted to the blog as much this term as I have in the past. Their just hasn't been a lot of interesting stuff out there.  But two posts caught my eye. First, there's THIS ONE from the NY Times. The authors point out how much "Big Data" there is ou...
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Slides from Friday and Saturday (24th and 25th)
Here are links to the presentation slides from class.  " Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design " "Survey Research" "Quantitative Design" "Conceptualization and Measurement"
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Readings for the class on Saturday
Hi folks; Class this weekend will focus on (among other things) quasi-experimental designs and evaluation studies. These aren't really different areas - quasi-experimental designs are frequently used to evaluate programs. We'll be discussing two program eva...
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Experimental evidence: Does thinking about God make you a daredevil?
Howdy folks. Applied social science research reaches into lots of related fields - management theory, political science, and marketing are three big ones. CLICK HERE to read about a study from the Standford Graduate School of Business about how thinking abo...
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Details about that "America is an Oligarchy Study" you might have heard about....
There's a new study that's getting a lot of attention around the interwebs on inequality in America.  The headline is that the study suggests that America is an oligarchy - run by an elite few for their own benefit.  That isn't quite what the authors say, b...
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How Twitter Predicts Unemployment
HERE is an article fro the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" which shows how Twitter is able to predict unemployment. Think the two things aren't related?  Remember, Twitter allows people to dialogue about what is happening in their lives, in a very public way. ...
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Big Data = Big Correlations
Another article about big data can be found HERE .  The author's overriding point is a good one - that with a lot of data, you can correlate almost any two things together, like shoe size and IQ.  Partly, that's a trick of the math - modest correlations can...
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Big Data = Big Correlations
Another article about big data can be found HERE .  The author's overriding point is a good one - that with a lot of data, you can correlate almost any two things together, like shoe size and IQ.  Partly, that's a trick of the math - modest correlations can...
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