The inside story of how an Ivy League food scientist turned shoddy data into viral studies

But for years, Wansink’s inbox has been filled with chatter that, according to independent statisticians, is blatant p-hacking. “Pattern doesn’t look good,” Payne of New Mexico State wrote to Wansink and David Just, another Cornell professor, in April 2009, after what Payne called a “marathon” data-crunching session for an experiment about eating and TV-watching. “I…

School shootings, mathematics edition

I always hated square roots; we should ban them, for the sake of the children: On the afternoon of Feb. 20, detectives investigated a report of terroristic threats at the school, where they learned that a student had been completing a math problem that required drawing the square-root sign. Students in the group began commenting…

Causal inference workshops at Northwestern

Northwestern University and Duke University are holding our “main” week-long workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference – our ninth annual workshop — at Northwestern Law School in downtown Chicago.  We invite you to attend.  Our apologies for the length of this message.   Main Workshop:  Monday – Friday, June 18-22, 2018   We will also…

Data on school shootings; they are actually quite rare

School shootings in the sense of multiple fatalities, which occur about once a year. From a criminology professor: Everytown for Gun Safety reported that there have been 290 school shootings since the catastrophic massacre in Newtown, Conn., more than five years ago. However, very few of these were anything akin to Sandy Hook or Parkland.…

University of Kansas summer stats camp

The Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis at the University of Kansas will host the Summer Statistical Institute (Stats Camp) from May 21 through June 8, 2018. Please visit the Web homepage for this event at http://crmda.ku.edu/statscamp. These sessions are a combination of lecture format presentations and workshops for “hands on” practice.  We recommend everybody…

This is why I use Stata instead of SAS

Stata is located in College Station, TX; no one in their right mind would bother going there. Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man charged with pretending to be an Army officer and landing a helicopter at SAS headquarters in Cary was trying to impress a woman, federal authorities said Monday. […] Desgroux exited the helicopter…

Jobs in progressive data & analytics

From the Polmeth listserv: Annie Wang <anniejw6@gmail.com> Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:42 AM Reply-To: Political Methodology Society <POLMETH@listserv.wustl.edu> To: POLMETH@listserv.wustl.edu Hey folks, A lot of progressive and Democratic organizations are gearing up for the 2018 elections, and there are many job openings in data and analytics. A friend and I started Progressive Data Jobs (…

Stop using Excel, finance chiefs tell staffs

It was only a matter of time: Finance chiefs say the ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting in the 1980s hasn’t kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units. Errors can bloom because data in Excel is separated from other systems and isn’t automatically updated. Older versions of Excel don’t allow multiple users…

The “phantom reference:” How a made-up article got almost 400 citations

Pieter Kroonenberg, an emeritus professor of statistics at Leiden University in The Netherlands, was puzzled when he tried to locate a paper about academic writing and discovered the article didn’t exist. In fact, the journal—Journal of Science Communications—also didn’t exist. Perhaps Kroonenberg’s most bizarre discovery was that this made-up paper, “The art of writing a…