Category Archives: Statistics

How To Do Replication the Fair Way (You Get What You Deserve Report)

In a long, but very good article about replication in science, I like this suggestion the best (boldface mine): Kahneman rightly notes that the methods sections of most articles reporting original research are insufficiently detailed to allow third parties to … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Education ‘Reform’ Seriously: Because Their Science Sucks

Yes, it’s a brutal charge, but, sadly, it’s true. Economist Moshe Adler (who has also written an excellent book Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal) has squared off against Raj Chetty et alia, … Continue reading

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Technobrats, Beware Campbell’s Law

David Leonhardt is all excited about the growing movement to measure the effectiveness of gummint programs! And yet there is some good news in this area, too. The explosion of available data has made evaluating success – in the government … Continue reading

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Republican Pollsters Might Perform Better If They Knew Statistics

This week, House Republican Majority Whip lost to David Brat, who is quite the wingnut. While the real story is that there’s a new political infrastructure undergirding the Republican Party–and Brat was hooked into that–much of the shock resulted from … Continue reading

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Statistical Abuse and Teacher Tenure

Last week, a California judge ruled that California’s teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional. In his decision, he cited testimony that one to three percent of teachers are “grossly ineffective.” It turns out that number is bullshit (boldface mine): It’s made … Continue reading

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I Thought We Were All Supposed to Learn Statistics?

Apparently, if the internets are to be believed, we now need to ensure that every child knows how to code. In a shocking turn of events, these initiatives are supported by people who have made tons of money by having … Continue reading

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P-Values and Power of Test: Why So Many Results Can’t Be Replicated

It’s all the rage to argue that science is facing a crisis because so many results can’t be repeated. David Colquhoun has a really nice explanation why replication experiments fail so often. Before we get to his explanation, we’ll have … Continue reading

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