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Archive of posts filed under the Miscellaneous Statistics category.

God is in every leaf of every probability puzzle

Radford shared with us this probability puzzle of his from 1999: A couple you’ve just met invite you over to dinner, saying “come by around 5pm, and we can talk for a while before our three kids come home from school at 6pm”. You arrive at the appointed time, and are invited into the house. […]

What’s So Fun About Fake Data?

Our first Daily Beast column is here.

Our new column in the Daily Beast

Kaiser Fung and I have a new weekly column for the Daily Beast. After much deliberation, we gave it the title Statbusters (the runner-up choice was Dirty Data; my personal preference was Statboyz in the Hood, but, hey, who ever listens to me on anything?). The column will appear every Saturday, and Kaiser and I […]

“When more data steer us wrong: replications with the wrong dependent measure perpetuate erroneous conclusions”

Evan Heit sent in this article with Caren Rotello and Chad Dubé: There is a replication crisis in science, to which psychological research has not been immune: Many effects have proven uncomfortably difficult to reproduce. Although the reliability of data is a serious concern, we argue that there is a deeper and more insidious problem […]

Statistics Be

This modern statistics got me confused, To tell you friends I’m quite unenthused. This modern statistics got me confused, To tell you friends I’m quite unenthused. I like Pee Wee Fisher or the great Jerzy But can’t make head nor tail of this Robby Tibsh’rani With his Oop-pop-a-da Be-a-ba-du-la-be-plee Ple-oobly-oobly-oobly-oobie Chum-cheeree-a-bah Oop-pop-a-dee-de-doom ah-ah! Robby Tibsh’rani […]

In which a complete stranger offers me a bet

Piotr Mitros wrote to Deb and me: I read, with pleasure, your article about the impossibility of biasing a coin. I’m curious as to whether researchers believe what they write. Would you be willing to place some form of iterated bet? For example: I provide a two-sided coin and a table. The table looks like […]

You can crush us, you can bruise us, yes, even shoot us, but oh—not a pie chart!

Byron Gajewski pointed me to this several-years-old article from the Onion, which begins: According to a groundbreaking new study published Monday in The Journal Of The American Statistical Association, somewhere on the planet someone is totally doing it at this very moment. “Of the 6.7 billion inhabitants of Earth, approximately 3.5 billion have reached sexual […]

The language of insignificance

Jonathan Falk points me to an amusing post by Matthew Hankins giving synonyms for “not statistically significant.” Hankins writes: The following list is culled from peer-reviewed journal articles in which (a) the authors set themselves the threshold of 0.05 for significance, (b) failed to achieve that threshold value for p and (c) described it in […]

Does your time as a parent make a difference?

A colleague writes: Thought you might be interested in this front page data journalism take down of an article. I don’t know the article but this amounts to a journalist talking with someone who didn’t like the piece and ripping it based on a measurement detail. How bad though is this measurement detail? Are you […]

Postdoc in psychometrics in Cardiff

Richard Morey writes: I have a PhD position available at Cardiff University that I was hoping you might be able to publicise on your blog. It is for UK/EU students, and the project is negotiable but should be methods or statistical cognition. Here’s the link: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=64068