Category Archives: SCIENCE!

On the price of pizza

I’ve got lots of interesting things to blog about. I’ve been running some interesting perceptual experiments, I’m working on adapting and extending some data analysis methods, I’ve been teaching a class on statistical signal processing, and I’ve read a number of essays … Continue reading

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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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