Tag Archives: inference

Exploring Causality (Part 5 of several)

By | August 5, 2013

Research is a lot about studying the characteristics of large things — large populations of people and organizations, big ideas and concepts, lots of time. But often large things aren’t all that easy to get at. More usually, the population is not available to us for a variety of practical reasons, and we only have access to pieces of it.

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Exploring causality (Part 4 of several)

By | July 31, 2013

The mathematical framework that embraces the statistical techniques of regression, analysis of variance, correlation, discriminant analysis, and several other procedures is known as the “general linear model” (GLM). 

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Exploring causality (Part 3 of several)

By | July 27, 2013

The statistical tools we wave so proudly in the air were created and validated on measurements in the physical and biological sciences domains, where standardization of phenomena is both possible and universal and where the presence of a physical instance of something defines it

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Exploring causality (Part 2 of several)

By | July 25, 2013

As I said in the previous post on this topic, we’re desperate for any tools with any arguably “scientific” credibility that might let us untangle complex social causality. Once upon a time, we could simply announce from the top of the temple steps that the god Marduk

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