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Structure without theory?

By | August 14, 2016

In a recent Q&A in Research.com, a question was posed about how to find structure in a data set composed of answers to some 63 questions about the properties of some phenomenon. Clearly, the author was hoping to find a magical mathematical solution through “exploratory factor analysis” or the like. My advice was a little more basic –… Read More »

Exploring Causality (Part 7)

By | August 19, 2013

As we left matters in the first part of this conclusion, we were wondering how much in this picture is causal and how much is simply opportunistic – or maybe some of both. As an example, Roman military technology dominated the world for 500-600 years. But initially their technology was notably inferior