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Publication Bias

Below is an excerpt from Wired magazine, also see this earlier entry on the ‘file drawer problem’ discussing this same problem: In 1981, the New England Journal of Medicine published a Harvard study that showed an unexpected link between drinking coffee...

Data or Datums

An excerpt from the Social Science Statistics blog: I was reminded again the other day that the word “data” is plural, since it means more than one “datum”, and thus “data” requires a plural verb. The Economist style guide says so, as does the European Union...

Conspiracy Theories

An excerpt from livescience.com: Forty-three years after that Friday in Dallas, JFK is still the victim of a massive conspiracy, Elvis is still alive and presumably eating chocolate-covered fried chicken, and Paul McCartney is dead. For those who don’t know,...

Gut Reactions vs. Deliberations

An excerpt from the Wired Science Blog: The capacity for cluelessness of the clever was the subject of an Idea Festival talk by journalist Laurence Gonzales, who in Deep Survival examined the question of why some people survive crises and others die. The two...

Regression to the Mean

An excerpt from Livescience: A common media myth that sprung up after the attacks was that American tastes in entertainment would be forever changed. After seeing real-life horrors, the experts claimed, Americans would yearn for non-violent, wholesome family fare....