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Sociology Tue Jan 16 2018 11:15:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- You choose a name you love for your first child. For your second you choose a closely matching name, sticking with the sound you like best to create a “set,” and hopefully a special bond between your kids. Then comes baby #3, and
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now. We tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how. Kiki and Herb Well I hope you all ended your 2017 with a bang. Mine went out on a long-haul flight crying so hard at a French AID
The same cold weather that has caused frozen sharks to wash up on the US East Coast has given us a light show more often seen in polar regions
What baby name trends will be setting the style for the year ahead? To predict future directions, I look for names with popularity acceleration. Individual names on an accelerating rise are not only trendy on their own, but can point to whol
From page 20 in a well-known applied statistics textbook: The hypothesis of whether a parameter is positive is directly assessed via its confidence interval. If both ends of the 95% confidence interval exceed zero, then we are at least 95% sure (unde
Italys famous volcano Mount Etna may be fed mostly by hot water and carbon dioxide, with only a small dose of molten rock to make it resemble a classic volcano
Every month, thousands of BabyNameWizard.com readers search our Namipedia for girls’ names starting with Ken, Jeff, Tom, and other masculine nicknames. Searches for boys’ names with those beginnings are much scarcer. What&rsqu
We’ll celebrate Christmas today with a scam that almost fooled me. OK, not quite: I was about two steps from getting caught. Here’s the email: Dear Dr. Gelman, I hope you do not mind me emailing you directly, I thought it would be
The DNA of Hans Jonaton, an ex-slave who fled to Iceland in 1802, has been reconstructed using only the genes of his descendants
Flashback to: "Y2K" panic Destiny's Child ruling the radio "Friends" ruling television Palm Pilots being the height of techno cool   Yep, it's been a while since the year 2000. Long enough, in fact, that we've seen a generational turnover in
Baruch Eitam writes: My colleague and I have gotten into a slight dispute about prior selection. Below are our 3 different opinions, the first is the uniform (will get to that in a sec) and the other two are the priors of dispute. The parameter we ar
From sound pollution in the North Sea to the destruction of the North Dakotan landscape by big engineering, a Dutch art show gives us a glimpse at time
The 1970’s brought us word names like Heather, Crystal, and Dawn, lovely nature-inspired choices that embodied the hippie vibe of the previous decade. While bell-bottoms may have gone out of style, the desire for peace and love (and nonconf
Monica Cuddy points us to a news article by Margot Sanger-Katz, “Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat,” which reports a data analysis by political scientist Ethan Hersh and psychiatrist Matt
The DNA of Hans Jonaton, an ex-slave who fled to Iceland in 1802, has been reconstructed using only the genes of his descendants
I sometimes describe the Name of the Year as a time capsule in name form, and that's especially true of this year's choice. Unlike past selections, the 2017 NOTY Harvey points to two separate stories, both of which have sent shock waves through the y
I’m getting my computer repaired and so will be offline for a few days, won’t be reading or sending email or reading blog comments. The blog will auto-post, though, one per day, with already-scheduled material: How to Assess Inter
Tiny tears in your muscles cause the aching that sets in a day or so after a heavy exercise session. But what sounds bad can help them to rebuild stronger
The lure of surnames as baby names is that they can be fresh and familiar at the same time. A name like Harlow, Anderson or Landry comes with built-in roots and culture – and established spelling – even if you've never met anyone
This fascinating post by David Weakliem documents declining confidence in political institutions: and the news media: and some other institutions: As Weakliem writes: So far, confidence in everything has declined. You could offer specific explanation
When Andrew Kolodny raised the alarm over the dangerously addictive properties of prescribed opioids, he became both a hero and a figure of hate
Messiah, Odin, Maverick - what do these grand and gallant names have in common? All three names are the most popular they’ve ever been, indicating a trend among modern parents. Though each comes from a unique tradition, namers are drawn to
[cat picture] We haven’t run any Ray Keene material for awhile but this is just too good to pass up: Yup, those communists have real trouble pushing to the top when it comes to chess, huh? P.S. to Chrissy: If you happen to be reading this,
Criminals assigned the death penalty are five times more likely to be executed in some US counties than in others a trend that some argue is unconstitutional
What's the difference between the names Jakiya and Jakiyah? Up until the 1990s, the question would have been moot. Neither name existed. Since then, thousands of American girls have received the two names, and the question of the final H turns out to
Amos Elberg writes: I’m writing to let you know about a drug trial you may find interesting from a statistical perspective. As you may know, the relatively recent “orphan drug” laws allow (basically) companies that can p
Quantum communications are theoretically secure, but keeping a complex quantum network unhackable in practice is more difficult than expected
Richie Lionell points us to this interactive visualization of votes of U.S. Senators. It’s attractive. My big problem is that nothing is conveyed by the positions of the points along the circles. Thus, that cute image of the points moving a
A US commission recommending how to solve the painkiller addiction killing 175 Americans a day also shows how opinion got in the way of fact to help cause the problem
The above diagram is by John F. Sowa and it depicts a high level view of C.S. Peirce’s classification of the sciences of discovery (you have been warned). The dotted lines indicate what on the right should be informed by what is on the left
Many gym bunnies live with headphones in their ears, and music can improve strength, power and endurance. Just be careful what tunes you choose
Mike Sances writes: I thought you would be interested in these awful graphs I found in the paper today. Sample attached [see above], but the article is full of them. My reply: This is indeed horrible in so many ways. I hope nobody was looking at that
An exhibition unites art from the worlds unprotected webcams, hair forever trapped in moving cogs, and a perfume for the end of the world
Emil Kirkegaard writes: Regarding data sharing, you recently commented that “In future perhaps journals will require all data to be posted as a condition of publication and then this sort of thing wont happen anymore.” We went a s
Many endurance athletes swear by piling on the carbohydrates before a race. That can work but you should be wary of the downsides
I (Aki) recently made a case study that demonstrates how to implement user defined probability functions in Stan language (case study, git repo). As an example I use the generalized Pareto distribution (GPD) to model extreme values of geomagnetic sto
A film on white hunters and landowners offers a strong conservation case for killing Africa's big beasts, but it sidelines local black people who may disagree
Jessica Franklin writes: Given your interest in post-publication peer review, I thought you might be interested in our recent experience criticizing a paper published in BMJ last year by Hemkens et al.. I realized that the method used for the primary
Surfers seem to swallow more antibiotic resistant bacteria from polluted water than swimmers. They may also be spreading it to vulnerable people they know
Thousands of websites are tricking people into mining cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, adblockers might be the only way to stop them
Google had more than 350voice-controlled devicesat the Consumer Electronics Show, including speakers, cars, and a giant toy town complete with a railway
If alienplanets have canyons and mountains like ours, we may be able to catch a glimpse of them in an exoplanets shadow as it passes in front of its star
Dehydration is bad, and electrolytes are important. Sports drinks replace essential ions lost through sweat but is that all just marketing hype?
The universe is expanding but our measurements of the rate are all over the place and they just got worse, so we cant tell when the cosmos is going to die
Limiting climate change to 1.5 C instead of 2 C, even if we overshoot at first and then bring temperatures back down, will ease the rise in sea levels
Thirteen home-made drones carrying bombs descended on Russian forces in Syria in the first confirmed swarm attack
Stretches are a ritual for many would-be athletes but some moves could be a waste of time, and others could hamper performance
A new computer model has shown individual decisions can massively influence how bad global warming might get. Time to take the human factor seriously, saysAdam Corner
Plus: Science minister Jo Johnson demands more open debate in universities - though MPs seem to be less keen on free speech closer to home
Eight newfound Martian cliffs made up of layers of ice could tell us how the Red Planet's climate has changed in the past several million years