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Nearing Convergence

I’ve been rereading our class blog – so many great pieces and smart colleagues doing interesting work – and I’m dangerously close to getting nostalgic as we come to the end of the term here. Some final thoughts: As much … Continue reading

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climate

Nate Silver is obviously incredibly smart when it comes to modeling/statistics, but after reading the chapter about climate change, more so than before, I admire his ability to communicate effectively with his audience.  I would like to naively think that … Continue reading

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Frozen in indecision

I wanted to talk a little about designing experiments, given the Hurlbert paper and our class discussion. The problem I have been coming up with is that the experimental methodology I lay down in the next few weeks is the … Continue reading

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Surfing the Pareto Principles of Our Lives

I’d like to comment on the philosophy of effort, the statistics of diminishing returns, and the intractable conundrum of the intellectual equivalent of quantum superposition.  I should explain.  I recently came across a page in “The Signal and the Noise” … Continue reading

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R Immersion

As the end of the semester comes near I have found myself reflecting on how far I’ve come since the first class. This was the first graduate class I have taken and after a 2 year hiatus from any school … Continue reading

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Pseudo-UH-OH

In a convenient follow up to Chris’ post “replication schmeplication,” and in preparation for our Hurlbert conversation next week, I thought I’d discuss a paper from 2012 that really got me thinking about climate change manipulation experiments. I have always … Continue reading

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Replication Schmeplication?

In 2010, James Prosser dropped a bomb on the microbial ecology community. He searched through hundreds of articles in the leading microbiological journals, such as Environmental Microbiology and FEMS Microbiology Ecology, on the lookout for papers where scientists were examining … Continue reading

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