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A frustrating discussion

I’m not totally sure what my opinion of Data Colada is. It’s an odd mix of thought-provoking and frustrating. The most recent example is yesterday’s post (by Uri Simonsohn) on the prejudice of (one particular type of) Bayesian t-test. Directly … Continue reading

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A critical assessment of GRT wIND

I’ve blogged about GRT (General Recognition Theory) at least a few times before (e.g., here, here, here). The third of those links goes to an introductory GRT post (#1 of an unknown number of planned posts). Here’s the super-abbreviated version: GRT … Continue reading

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Vox lies with statistics

Okay, maybe lies is too strong a word, but Vox‘s German Lopez sure does a good job illustrating numerical dishonesty in this piece on marijuana use in Colorado and Washington since recreational legalization. The headline is “Marijuana use rises in states with legalization,” and … Continue reading

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A partially problematic paragraph

I just read an interesting new paper (Hoekstra, et al., 2014) on how people – even those with substantial training in inferential statistics – consistently misinterpret confidence intervals (CIs). Reading this paper got me thinking about CIs in general, and I’ll probably … Continue reading

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More on (moron!) bad pop science

Blogging clearly isn’t my priority lately (I have some great posts planned, though, I swear!), but nothing beats dumb pop science writing for generating a quick post. I’m sure I’ve missed some since my last post on the topic a … Continue reading

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On bad pop science

I just love this kind of writing about abstruse, abstract physics for a lay audience: A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection. In 1997, theoretical physicist … Continue reading

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