Tag Archives: analysis

Academic work as a Moral Tale: An agony in a mere six fits [Part 4]

By | December 8, 2014

Fit the Sixth

Let’s now return to where we began this excursion – the question of the academic job market. Whatever it is, it’s pretty clear that it isn’t what it was 30 years ago, or even 15 or 10 years ago. The old assumption was that if you completed a PhD in a reputable field from a reasonably reputable institution under the supervision of a reasonably reputable committee chair on a reasonable topic using reasonable research techniques,

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Another new story

By | December 4, 2014

I recently published in Medium a brief memoir:

A historical footnote on graphs, social networks, and research in the old days

It recalls the days back in the early 1980s when at the National Science Foundation we began to apply social network analysis – then a largely unheard-of line of inquiry –

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Exploring causality (Part 1 of several)

By | July 21, 2013

Recently, there has been extensive renewed interest in the question of causality in social systems. The question has been particularly anguished in the analysis of randomized clinical trials – those very expensive and presumably scientifically sound procedures

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The “Evil Twin” of Math Phobia

By | July 13, 2013

Math phobia is a fairly well-established phenomenon. Basically, it’s the fear of mathematics  and, more particularly, the fear of having to do mathematical things oneself. It affects most people to some degree – fortunately for the sciences and engineering,

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Intriguing new free research tool

By | April 26, 2013

googleI’ve been experimenting recently a bit with a quite fascinating new research tool brought to you by those wonderful folks at Google Labs. It’s called an “Ngram Viewer“, and it’s basically a tool for taking words and phrases and, as Google puts it, “…display[ing] a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g.,

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Respecting the data

By | January 20, 2013

ozIn today’s posting on The Conversation, a very interesting Australian blog discussing current issues, there is a very interesting article by Michael Brown, entitled “Faking waves: how the NRA and pro-gun Americans abuse Australian crime stats.” Essentially, his point is that statistics regarding the Australian experience with gun control,

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