Tag Archives: statistics

Discrimination, representation, and ecological fallacies

By | February 6, 2014

​Back in November 2013, Alice Marwick published an article in Wired Online entitled “Silicon Valley Isn’t a Meritocracy. And It’s Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs”. In it, she basically claimed that women and minorities were being systematically cut out of the Silicon Valley elite by assorted Powers That Be. It’s an interesting article, and as might be suspected,

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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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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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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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