Quantitude

Quantitude

A podcast dedicated to all things quantitative, ranging from the relevant to the highly irrelevant. Co-hosts Patrick Curran and Greg Hancock talk about serious statistical topics, but without taking themselves too seriously. Think: CarTalk hi-jacked by the two grumpy old guys from the Muppets, grousing about quantitative methods, statistics, and data analysis, all presented to you with the production value of a 6th grade school project. But in a good way.... Show More

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October 26, 2020 61 min

Greg and Patrick talk about the control of Type I error rate. Well, more like... they say stuff, change their minds, say stuff, change their minds... and in the end — spoiler alert — reach no unified conclusion whatsoever.  But they do manage to hit a number of the relevant issues around Type I error control, albeit largely accidentally and inconsistently. Along the way, they also mention porch witches, furries, cereal killers, neu...

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October 19, 2020 56 min

Patrick and Greg hold a traditional Irish funeral for multivariate analysis of variance, starting with a heartfelt eulogy in front of family and friends in the church and then moving to a more honest reckoning with Mom and Aunt Dotty at the reception in the school gym following the service. Along with a celebration of a life questionably well lived, they also discuss Ned Devine, mildly inebriated priests, champagne supernovas, the ...

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In this episode Patrick and Greg follow up last week’s discussion of moderation by tackling its partner in crime, mediation, including causal challenges, ways of  testing, and how they think about it as part of a larger analytical system. Along the way they also manage to discuss word association, personal grievances, light switches, the Concord, sharp sticks, hats and horses, getting shivved, and Jeff Spicoli. 

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October 5, 2020 61 min

In this episode, Greg and Patrick bicker about moderation and discuss the critical importance of moving our science away from thinking in terms of main effects and towards the conceptualization of the conditions under which an effect might hold. Along the way they also discuss the Carsophagus, Sisyphean tasks, the London Museum, pineapples, 9.8m/sec^2, military helicopters, the MILF model, public service announcements, and Spinal T...

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Patrick and Greg offer completely unsolicited career advice as you identify and apply for positions following your doctoral training. They discuss what to consider when selecting where to apply as well as drafting personal statements, CVs, letters of recommendation, and research statements. Along the way they also comment on World War II quiz shows, eHarmony and tinder, the long con, mortgaging retirements, morning research inspira...

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September 21, 2020 56 min

In this episode Greg and Patrick wander semi-drunkenly around the topic of model-based inference and discuss how this perspective can help move us forward as a scientific discipline. They also somehow manage to discuss explosives, sniffing glue, homemade 787s, catfish noodling, the Ikea helpline, Calvinball, Ludwig Beethoven, Rube Goldberg, hell's half acre, denouements, and intolerable hypocrisy.

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September 14, 2020 58 min

Patrick and Greg impulsively launch the inaugural segment of "Quantitude Wake Up Call" where they forget how longitude works and call Bayesian expert Roy Levy at 5:40 in the morning. Although somewhat rattled, Roy helps the Quantidudes better understand Bayesian inference and describes the many ways that this approach can help move our science forward. Along the way they discuss Jedi mind tricks, the birds and the bees, tim...

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September 7, 2020 54 min

The episode begins with what Patrick believes will be a discussion of statistics in the news, but then turns into a surprise attack by Greg that rapidly devolves into a second edition of Pop Quiz (covering scales of measurement, probability and odds, intraclass correlation, null hypothesis significance testing, suppression, and Bayes' Theorem). In addition to relentlessly attacking each others' credibility, the Quantidudes ...

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Patrick and Greg open with a disagreement about time travel movies, which then somehow devolves into a discussion of alternative approaches to modeling longitudinal data. They agree that a core issue to consider is the separation of within-person and between-person components of change over time, both theoretically and analytically. Throughout the discussion they also mention antici-, hot tub time machine, chipmunks, garbage dispos...

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August 24, 2020 58 min

In this, the inaugural episode of Season 2, Greg and Patrick continue their summer strategy of subcontracting out talent by inviting people to call-in and describe what quantitative work they did over summer vacation. In addition to being amazed at the many cool quantitative things people are doing out in the world, the discuss imprimaturs, battle without honor, digestive rituals, hostage videos, underwear, utility infielders, Alex...

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In recognition of your hard work this summer to become a quantitative leader in your field, you are hereby presented with... a brand new case of Imposter Syndrome! Patrick and Greg explore what it is, where it comes from, what you might be able to do about it, and, possibly most importantly, that it's actually a good problem to have. This episode concludes Quanti•Qamp 2020, with Season 2 of Quantitude coming in August.

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Greg and Patrick dedicate Week 7 of Quanti•Qamp to three core topics: mocking one another, how to continue learning both foundational and novel quantitative methods across your career, and mocking one another. Despite their many disagreements, they unanimously concur that the challenge of keeping abreast of newly developed quantitative methods is entirely Kris Preacher's fault. Carry on. And go learn something! 

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Week six of Quanti•Qamp welcomes special guest Dr. A. Nayena Blankson, a Professor of Psychology at Spelman College who is a leading national voice in diversity and equity in academia. Nayena talks with Patrick and Greg about how we can capitalize on the current national conversation about race and equity to enhance diversity in both academia in general and in the quantitative sciences in particular. 

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In the fifth week of Quanti•Qamp, senior leadership at the QuantiGon recruit a new Commander to demonstrate proper preparation, organization, and executive control. The guest Executive Officer is Dr. Rebecca Brock, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, who will motivate a discussion about how to build a quantitative culture in your home department or research unit. Patrick and...

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In the fourth week of Quanti•Qamp, neither Patrick nor Greg have read each other's emails about the organization of the episode and thus entirely ad lib a discussion on how one might write a quantitatively-oriented pedagogical paper. Because they are completely unprepared for the episode, they also forget to provide the next QQamp assignment; however, being the seasoned academicians that they are, they will somehow blame you fo...

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In the third week of Quanti•Qamp, Patrick and Greg ramble semi-coherently about how you might use existing data to drive a quantitative research idea as well as to serve as the foundation for making a unique quantitative contribution. They explore different potential data sources and discuss the variety of ways these might be used in the pursuit of a quantitative research question. They conclude with the next QQamp assignment: iden...

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In the second week of QuantiBootQamp (remember....the "boot" is silent), Greg and Patrick open with what they agree is a pretty bizarre coincidence. They then discuss, with occasional disagreement, how you might select a journal for your own quantitatively-oriented contribution. They conclude with the next Quanti•Qamp assignment: to read the mastheads and editorial board lists of at least three journals that might serve as ...

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In this inaugural episode of QuantiBootQamp (where the "boot" is silent), Patrick and Greg express their surprise that people seemed to think this was going to be a fun summer camp. They then explore various ways that you might develop a quantitatively-oriented research question embedded within your own area of study, and end by assigning the first Quanti•Qamp assignment: to develop a quantitative research question of your ...

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May 11, 2020 58 min

In this, our final episode of the season, we reveal that we have actually been quietly arming sleeper cells around the world and that we are now sending out a call-to-arms for listeners to rise up and become quantitative leaders in their own fields of study. Along the way we also discuss scaling fences, bad business decisions, Henry the Fifth, Braveheart, saddles and horses, sideways fish, Legos, Kapla blocks, meta-nerds, more ice ...

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Greg and Patrick talk about internal validity -- broadly and traditionally -- but also as an increasingly important lens through which to view our information-saturated world, and be responsible, critical, and skeptical members of scientific communities as well as society. Along the way, they also mention gargling bleach, 5G cell towers, vaping lysol, fecal transplants, the problem with firetrucks, Star Trek and causality, Sherlock...

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