Posts Tagged ‘ psychology ’

The Social Dynamics of the R Core Team

August 12, 2012
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The Social Dynamics of the R Core Team

Recently a few members of R Core have indicated that part of what slows down the development of R as a language is that it has become increasingly difficult over the years to achieve consensus among the core developers of the language. Inspired by these claims, I decided to look into this issue quantitatively by

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Criticism 5 of NHST: p-Values Measure Effort, Not Truth

July 17, 2012
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Criticism 5 of NHST: p-Values Measure Effort, Not Truth

Introduction In the third installment of my series of criticisms of NHST, I focused on the notion that a p-value is nothing more than a one-dimensional representation of a two-dimensional space in which (1) the measured size of an effect and (2) the precision of this measurement have been combined in such a way that

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Criticism 3 of NHST: Essential Information is Lost When Transforming 2D Data into a 1D Measure

May 14, 2012
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Criticism 3 of NHST: Essential Information is Lost When Transforming 2D Data into a 1D Measure

Introduction Continuing on with my series on the weaknesses of NHST, I’d like to focus on an issue that’s not specific to NHST, but rather one that’s relevant to all quantitative analysis: the destruction caused by an inappropriate reduction of dimensionality. In our case, we’ll be concerned with the loss of essential information caused by

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Criticism 2 of NHST: NHST Conflates Rare Events with Evidence Against the Null Hypothesis

May 12, 2012
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Introduction This is my second post in a series describing the weaknesses of the NHST paradigm. In the first post, I argued that NHST is a dangerous tool for a community of researchers because p-values cannot be interpreted properly without perfect knowledge of the research practices of other scientists — knowledge that we cannot hope

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Criticism 1 of NHST: Good Tools for Individual Researchers are not Good Tools for Research Communities

May 10, 2012
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Introduction Over my years as a graduate student, I have built up a long list of complaints about the use of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) in the empirical sciences. In the next few weeks, I’m planning to publish a series of blog posts, each of which will articulate one specific weakness of NHST. The

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Ggplot2, PubMed citation frequency and DSM-IV Axis I disorders by year

March 31, 2012
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Ggplot2, PubMed citation frequency and DSM-IV Axis I disorders by year

I searched PubMed for several major DSM-IV disorders and downloaded the hits. Using ggplot2 I plotted the number of publications each year for each disorder.

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Psychotherapies PubMed battle

March 29, 2012
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Psychotherapies PubMed battle

Ever wondered how different psychotherapy orientations match up in a PubMed battle? Continue reading to find out and to see how to test this using R and Ggplot2.

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lembarrasduchoix asked: thank you for the introduction to…

March 6, 2012
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lembarrasduchoix asked:
thank you for the introduction to…

lembarrasduchoix asked: thank you for the introduction to Newcomb’s paradox! Could you do a post on your favorite paradoxes?    The decision theory paradoxes I’m familiar with are: Ellsberg Paradox— Theorists encode bothsituations with unknown...

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Some code to help you remember numbers

January 17, 2012
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Some code to help you remember numbers

Two posts ago we showed you the digit sound system for remembering numbers. This week we provide two computer programs to help you create mnemonics.

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The Psychology of Music and the ‘tuneR’ Package

October 25, 2011
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Introduction This semester I’m TA’ing a course on the Psychology of Music taught by Phil Johnson-Laird. It’s been a great course to teach because (i) so much of the material is new to me and (ii) because the study of the psychology of music brings together so many of the intellectual tools I enjoy, including

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