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Causal Friday: Is Change Really A Good Thing, Statistically Speaking?

August 12th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Causal Friday · Fun With Data · Happiness

Steve Levitt, in addition to gaining fame (at least at an economist level, not a Justin Bieber level) for writing Freakonomics, has made a career teasing cause and effect out of (largely) observational data. (By “observational data,” I mean that he doesn’t explicitly run controlled experiments in a lot of cases and just looks at […]

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It’s Way Less Fun to Pick Apart Amusing Findings, Voting Preferences Edition…

August 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments
Fun With Data · Gender · Politics

Okay, you guys, I know as well as anyone else how entertaining it is to see a reported research result that is hilariously eye-roll inducing. Case in point: Even the Thought of Earning Less than Their Wives Changes How Men Behave by Dan Cassino Masculinity is a fragile thing. Volumes of research in sociology and […]

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Battling Bad Science, One Comedian At A Time…

May 11th, 2016 · 4 Comments
Fun With Data

You didn’t think I was going to miss an opportunity to bring you John Oliver talking about p-hacking, did you? Unfortunately, i think many well-intentioned researchers do this without even thinking about it- they get a dataset and start poking around with it and then decide to focus on the relationships that appear significant (as […]

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Adventures In Bad Journalism, Seasonal Adjustment Edition…

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment
Fun With Data · Macroeconomics

I didn’t entirely believe that Justin was serious the first time I read this: .@WSJ: Seasonal adjustment should be "based on something other than the weather" Fact: IT ISN'T BASED ON THE WEATHER! — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 6, 2015 Because really, what? You’re probably not shocked that I went down the rabbit hole of […]

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Causal Friday: CSI: Regression Analysis…

January 23rd, 2015 · 2 Comments
Causal Friday · Fun With Data

My sarcastic intro comments aside (obviously part of the problem for the specific event is that CSI is not supposed to be funny), I still think that this should exist on a larger scale… You probably guessed that I am more of a Law and Order gal, since I’m obviously guilty of mixing my metaphors. […]

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Fun With Related Goods, Broadway Edition…

June 28th, 2014 · 6 Comments
Econ 101 · Fun With Data

One of the first things we generally cover in intro microeconomics is the determinants of demand– i.e. the factors that influence how much of a good we are willing and able to purchase. The price of a good is obviously one of these determinants, but so are the prices of what economists call “related goods.” […]

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