Category: Applied research

Open Science is not all the same: What archaeology can teach us

There’s no simple dot point way to adopt Open Science and improve the trustworthiness of science. A fascinating story from archaeology illustrates that reality nicely. First, the story. Archaeologists have long studied when the out-of-Africa spreading of modern humans first

NIH asks journals to make sure we get the whole story

The Open Science credo is “Get the whole story”–we can only evaluate the claims made from scientific data when we know the whole context of how that data was generated.  For example, finding a large effect of a new drug

NHST: The double whammy!

When I gave a talk at the HFESA conference, I started of course with an example of the damage done by NHST. My chosen article describes three examples in the field of road safety of how reliance on statistical significance

What is (are) Human Factors?

One of the great things about working in statistics is that you can play in other people’s backyards. After all, just about every scientific discipline uses statistics. So I enjoyed giving an invited talk at the recent annual conference of

What Pierre says, from Paris

Pierre Dragicevic (that’s his pic of a scary die!) is a super-interesting and enthusiastic researcher in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) based at the Université Paris-Sud, an hour or so south of Paris. He is a researcher in the AVIZ Visual Analytics Project. He hosts

Make it stick–the Cliff’s Notes version

Learning statistics can be a challenge.  Using effective study habits can make that challenge more manageable.  Unfortunately, many students ignore or are unaware of the best study habits and instead adopt approaches that are less than optimal. In the new

MoE, the Margin of Error: What the New York Times says

The title of this NYT article is a good summary: “When You Hear the Margin of Error Is Plus or Minus 3 Percent, Think 7 Instead”. The NYT piece is based on this article by famous statistician (imagine that!) Andrew

Good research in the service of more effective activism

Research can be vitally important, helping shape how we see the world and the policies we enact.  Here is an example of an applied research lab aiming to use applied research to figure out the most effective ways to lobby