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Sociology Thu Jul 19 2018 12:02:08 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- They sometimes call it Campbell’s Law: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is not exactly known for drumming up grassroots enthusiasm and small donor contributions, so it was quite a surprise on Monday when his reelection campaign reported that
Carbon-rich planets laced with diamond may orbit distant stars, and now weve many miniature versions of them by crushing and heating chemical powders
Bart Turczynski writes: I read the following blog with a lot of excitement: Then I reread it and paid attention to the graphs and models (which don’t seem to be actual models, but rather, well, lines.) The story makes sense, but the science
Women tend to find male chivalry attractive even though they see it as a threat to fairness, according to a new study. Existing inequality may explain why
Think of a catchy word or brand name associated with guns, and you've probably thought of a hot baby name. From Cannon to Pistol, Remington to Colt, firearms are making their mark on American names. Firearm names are hardly alone as as a creative bab
Chad Kiewiet De Jonge, Gary Langer, and Sofi Sinozich write: This paper presents state-level estimates of the 2016 presidential election using data from the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll and multilevel regression with poststratification (MRP
Aided by the performance artist Brendan Walker, the folk-rock musician is giving concert-goers at London's Barbican Hall a taste of the anxiety disorder that keeps him off the stage.
Ready to go the xxtra mile? The letter x is our millennium's baby name turbocharger, the favorite way to add a burst of energy that sets a name apart from the pack. Names featuring an x are ten times as popular today as in the mid-20th Century. Names
Shravan Vasishth sends this along: Yup. Not always, though. Even though the above behavior is rewarded. The post The course of science appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.Shravan Vasishth sends this along: Yup
A new haul of moons brings Jupiters total to 79. Nine of the newly discovered satellites are orbiting the wrong way, and could obliterate one of their companions
Almost every adult Timothy goes by Tim. That name is a core member of the "All-American nice guy nicknames," the everyday name set that was the bedrock of 20th-century guy style. For 21st-century babies, though, those familiar nicknames are endangere
Someone writes: Care to comment on this paper‘s Figure 4? I found it a bit misleading to do scatter plots after averaging over multiple individuals. Most scatter plots could be “improved” this way to make things look muc
A blood test that detects melanoma in its early stages may allow people to get treatment before the cancer spreads and becomes difficult to cure
There’s a reason newborns are referred to as “bundles of joy” - the optimism and hope that come with new life are universal feelings that transcend language and culture. When naming such blessings, many parents want to f
Pierre Jacob, Lawrence Murray, Chris Holmes, Christian Robert write: In modern applications, statisticians are faced with integrating heterogeneous data modalities relevant for an inference, prediction, or decision problem. In such circumstances, it
Insurance companies are training hundreds of drone pilots to check property damage from the air to make sure claims are legitimate
Mom names are like mom jeans. We expect them to be built for comfort, not style. While new baby names aim for dramatic flair, mom names provide the steady backdrop. You know, cozy names like Diamond and Tyler. Not the kind of maternal style you were
James Coyne pointed me with distress or annoyance to this new paper, “Tutorial: The Practical Application of Longitudinal Structural Equation Mediation Models in Clinical Trials,” by K. A. Goldsmith, D. P. MacKinnon, T. Chalder, P
On Monday, Vladimir Putin said hed given Donald Trump a note with suggestions on disarmament. This might be the first move in extending an important agreement
There are the names you put on your baby name list, and then there are the names you wonder about. You hear them and can't help but think: "What kind of name is that? Where does it come from? Do people actually name their kids that?" All that wonderi
Today I noticed an op-ed by two political scientists, Howard Lavine and Wendy Rahm, entitled, “What if Trumps Nativism Actually Hurts Him?”: Contrary to received wisdom, however, the immigration issue did not play to Mr. Trumps ad
Britain is experiencing a prolonged wind drought that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country
You thought they were dead and buried. But now, they walk among us again! And they're all...girls' names. "Zombie names" are baby names that once fell so far out of style they became virtually extinct. Once common, they disappeared from America's top
I didn’t think this still happened in 2018 . . . I opened my email to see 50 emails, from 50 different people, all with the same meaningless subject line. (In case you’re curious, it was “Re: Clerkships team.”)
Archaeologists have been given a unique opportunity to peel back the layers of history lying under Amsterdam, finding more than 700,000 objects that cover centuries
We've met this year's new class of baby names. Now it's time to tip our caps to some of the group's standouts, from the longest names to the most popular initials and, of course, the names "most likely to succeed." Every name below was given to at le
That’s the title of a recent article by Yuling Yao, Aki Vehtari, Daniel Simpson, and myself, which presents some diagnostics for variational approximations to posterior inference: We were motivated to write this paper by the success/failure
Evidence of the first early bread suggests humans were baking with wheat and oats thousands of years before they began farming the cereals
Finding the right balance of femininity and strength in girls’ names can be tough - why not take inspiration from the people of the Middle Ages? These monikers adorned princesses and peasants, saints and socialites, with unique sounds and i
So. Following up on our discussion of “the 80%” power lie, I was thinking about the implicit model underlying NIH’s 80% power rule. Several commenters pointed out that, to have your study design approved by NSF, it&#
The UK is funding the development of spaceports in Scotland and Cornwall, but plans for US firms to launch small satellites could run afoul of US export laws
 Look out, -eigh names! There's a new "ee" sound in town, and it's gaining on you. The hottest new name suffix for American girls is -ii, as in Aubrii and Harmonii. Historically, the -ii ending has ranged in popularity from scarce to non-exi
Leo Egidi shares his 2018 World Cup model, which he’s fitting in Stan. But I don’t like this: First, something’s missing. Where’s the U.S.?? More seriously, what’s with that “16.74%&#822
A study has found that CRISPR can delete large chunks of DNA, suggesting it could cause cancer if used to treat diseases by editing many cells in the body
Every year, dozens of newly invented names are added to the US Top 1000, inspiring modern parents to try and create names as unique as their child. Popular picks like Nevaeh, Raelynn, and Zayden fit this category, proving that innovative choices can
OK, this is a nice juicy problem for a political science student . . . Act 1: “Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists” David Adler writes in the New York Times: My research suggests that across Europe and Nort
Researchers have developed a sticky sheet that could allow a wirelessly-powered LED chip to be stuck inside the body to deliver "photodynamic therapy"
Each year, we invite name enthusiasts across the country to guess the year's rising and falling names. It's trickier than it sounds. Sure, we might have been able to guess the rise of Logan after a year that featured both the X-Men "Logan" movie and
Tian Zheng prepared the above slide which very clearly displays an important point about statistical communication. The maps are squished to be too narrow, and the scatterplot has too many numbers on the axes (better to have income in thousands and p
Many strengths and difficulties associated with autism stem from the same thing, says Anna Remington, who researches questions autistic people are asking
 The top baby names in America are Liam and Emma, but are they tops where you live? Depending on the part of the country you hail from, you may be more likely to meet a little Oliver or Ava. Here are the favorite names of every U.S. state. r
From today’s NYT: Another finding of note, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002, is that people gravitate toward places of residence and occupations that resemble their own names. So, the researchers assert,
The worker bees that form hot defensive bee balls are effectively kamikaze fighters, with the heat from the ball shortening their life expectancy
A study just came out, Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, by Nishant Kishore et al.: Using a representative, stratified sample, we surveyed 3299 randomly chosen households across Puerto Rico to produce an independent estimate of all-caus
The flurry of cabinet resignations in the aftermath of the Chequers agreement leaves the UK at serious risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal
Sointu Leikas pointed us to this published research article, “Exposure to inequality affects support for redistribution.” Leikas writes that “it seems to be a really apt example of “researcher degrees of freedo
Wield a scalpel under expert direction, discover in a new book how beavers will transform our planet, and join a debate to choose what other worlds to settle
Dale Lehman writes: This one’s on a topic you have blogged about often and one that I still think is under-appreciated: measurement. The Economist recently reported on this fascinating article about lightning strikes and their apparent sens
Wield a scalpel under expert direction, discover in a new book how beavers will transform our planet, and join a debate to choose what other worlds to settle