Springer withdraws 16 gibberish publications

Luckily, none of them were mine: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30...

Diagnosed with skin cancer …

… after I had a suspicious growth on my forearm examined. Luckily it was basal cell, a carcinoma that doesn’t spread and only needs to be excised – problem solved. Unfortunately, the tissue sample came back positive for squamous cell, a similar type that doesn’t spread. So I had to undergo Moh’s surgery to remove more tissue, a lot more tissue: That area in the...

Sampling theory in American fiction

From Never Go Back: He said, “No one is here to work with you, boy. We’re here to kick your butt and take our car and our money back.” “OK,” Reacher said. “We can go down that road, if you like. But there’s no reason why all of you should go to the hospital. You ever heard of Gallup?” “Who?” “It’s a polling organization. Like at election time. They tell you this guy is going to get fifty-one...

Good quote about RCTs

“In other words, discovering program improvements that really work is extremely hard. We labor in the dark — scratching and clawing for tiny scraps of causal insight.”
On Megan McArdle’s blog.

Short guide to graphics and data

Schwabish, Jonathan A. 2014. “An Economist’s Guide to Visualizing Data.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(1): 209-34. Abstract: Once upon a time, a picture was worth a thousand words. But with online news, blogs, and social media, a good picture can now be worth so much more. Economists who want to disseminate their research, both inside and outside the seminar room, should...

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