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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...
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...
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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...
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'...
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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...
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...
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I think every government is an oligarchy, briefly interrupted by revolutions.
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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...
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...
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Chicken is to Egg as Theory is to Data...
Every once in a while, I find something that perfectly encapsulates my thinking on a topic.  HERE is one of those things. It takes up the question, "which is better, theory or data?" and answers it the only way possible, which is "That's a stupid question."...
Every once in a while, I find something that perfectly encapsulates my thinking on a topic.  HERE is one of those things. It takes up the question, "which is better, theory or data?" and answers it the only way possible, whic...
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If you get people asking whether theory or data is better, you need to hang around with a better group of people.  The next question may well be "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"
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Addressing the Positivity Bias
Experimental psychology has been bedeviled by a "positivity bias" - we publish studies that show an effect, and not things that show lack of effect. Lack of effect - when something DOESN'T work - could be very important to science, but social science doesn'...
Experimental psychology has been bedeviled by a "positivity bias" - we publish studies that show an effect, and not things that show lack of effect. Lack of effect - when something DOESN'T work - could be very important to sc...
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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"
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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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...
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...
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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. ...
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 the...
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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...
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...
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What is "Big Data?"
For the past year or so, folks in my world (my professional world, not the alternate universe I have in my head) have been talking about "big data."  But what the heck is it?  HERE 's a great example of big data, from one of the biggest big-data bigwigs: Fa...
For the past year or so, folks in my world (my professional world, not the alternate universe I have in my head) have been talking about "big data."  But what the heck is it?  HERE's a great example of big data, from one of t...
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"Statistically significant." No phrase has been uttered more often in my professional life (or grad school, or probably undergrad...) as a social scientist.  And no phrase is more cringe-worthy, as described in this article by Mark Kelley. Science has been ...
"Statistically significant." No phrase has been uttered more often in my professional life (or grad school, or probably undergrad...) as a social scientist.  And no phrase is more cringe-worthy, as described in this article b...
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