Category Archives: Statistics

What Does ‘Reproducibility’ Mean?

Drugmonkey does a fine deconstruction of the latest Amgen/Nature paper, so I won’t rehash the whole thing here (go read it; the comments really blow up the details of the replications). But a key point is best summarized by Drugmonkey: … Continue reading

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Understanding the Limitations of Your Data: The Fisheries Edition

This is disturbing (boldface mine): Astudy published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications suggests that the national data many countries have submitted to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has not always accurately reflected the amount of fish actually … Continue reading

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Going Manhattan Project on Science’s Ass: You Get the Science You (Don’t) Pay For

I’ve argued before that the funding structure of science hurts our ability to conduct experiments at the appropriate scale, and that this should be fixed by ‘going Manhattan Project on its ass.’ Here’s what I mean (boldface added): What I’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Statistics

Why Politically-Savvy Lawyers Should Never Be Allowed To Set Data Standards

I didn’t think Obama could appoint an Attorney General worse than Eric Holder. Clearly, that was a failure of imagination on my part (boldface mine): Attorney general Loretta Lynch says the federal government should not require police to report fatal … Continue reading

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Maybe This Has Something To Do With The Reproducibility Problem?

Recently, the Atlantic had an article about people who earn a living as clinical trial test subjects. Some ‘methodological notes of interest’ (boldface mine): Intrigued by the promise of an easier way to make money, he enrolled as a guinea … Continue reading

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Police Officers Get ‘Teachered’: Accountability Vs. Transparency

A while ago, I contrasted our expectations for teachers versus police officers: It’s weird: one group of heavily unionized public workers is under a constant barrage of claims of being underqualified, while another, with much lower educational standards, gets a … Continue reading

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P-Hacking Is a Poor Reason For Replication Problems

With the recent release of the results from the Reproducibility Project–an effort to replicate 100 experimental findings in social psychology–there has been a lot of commentary and coverage about the finding that the majority of the studies failed to replicate. … Continue reading

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