Category Archives: Reflections

R- Evolutionary relationships, non-independence and correlation…

In this blog entry, I would like to share my experience with R and data analysis. A few months back I developed a keen interest in the relatively recent development of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) data analysis. Subsequently, I decided … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | 1 Comment

Why learning R code makes me feel like a megapode

Excerpt: Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams (Chapter 2: Here Be Chickens) In the afternoon, accompanied by Kiri and a guard, we went off to explore. We found no dragons, but as we thrashed recklessly through the undergrowth, we … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment

The Cartoon World of the Scientist

I’d like to begin this blog by commenting on something interesting that Jarrett noted in class, specifically on the way that scientists view the world. In the cartoon (ed note: Aaron is refering to this comic from Abstruse Goose – … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment

Learning Data Year Two

Two years ago, I began my adventure as a new faculty member teaching students about how to learn from their data. The first year’s students were an amazing bunch of ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and I think I learned as … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment

I may not need to be terrified of O’Hara anymore

So I have to admit, after reading O’Hara 2009, How to make models add up- a primer on GLMMs, I was about ready to give up. I was thinking to myself that it was all just gibberish and that I’d … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | 1 Comment

The horror! Can it really be? That which has been hammered into me for years as the scientific standard; that which I assumed to be at the very basis of science, linked tightly with the concept of falsifiable hypotheses, the … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | 1 Comment

The purpose of a p-value

When we discussed the difference in class of “biological significance” versus “statistical significance” I have to admit that I sleepily accepted this statement without really thinking about it.  Sure, just because a p-value is 0.06 doesn’t mean there is no … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | 1 Comment