Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday links for fun - 4.6.12

Two fun articles taking on bad data:

This one covers everything I will probably ever say in this blog, but with less pizzazz.

This one is trying to stop bad data before it starts.  Don't try to make things in to a scientific experiment if you have to fudge around things to do it.  Just call it a model.  I like that.


  1. Pizzaz, thy name is BS King, not John P. A. Ioannidis!

  2. Yeah, that article had the look of "Gee, this could be an important summary of where my thinking should be. It could be life-changing. Maybe someday I'll read more than a few paragraphs and a skim. But for now, some chardonnay is a better idea." I'll wait for you to 'splain it to me.

    As to the other, the empiricist, small-theory approach is gaining fans.

  3. But it is fun:

    "Corollary 6: The hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true."