cautionary

I wrote about this before, but since this is a frequent problem and my last post wasn’t brief, here’s a shorter version. The primary way to install software in Linux is to rely on apt-get (apt in Mint) or some other package manager. The way this works is that there is a central server which […]

pub-bias-amf-mpd

Brief summary of thinking: The war on drugs makes it difficult or impossible to study drugs on the ban list. A drug’s presence on the ban list is primary due to psychoactive effects. Medical researchers and companies are either too incompetent or too corrupt/incentivized to perform proper drug comparison studies. The efficacy of drugs is […]

old

I’ve decided to re-do my old and not too well done 2013 study. It goes like this, for multiparty democracies: Countries differ in the number of houses: 1 vs. 2. Countries differ in the number of seats in these houses. Usually, to get a party on the ballot, one must first collect X signatures. This […]

Syncthing is a open source synchronization application. It’s a replacement for the closed source Bittorrent Sync (BTS).  If you are currently using BTS, I recommend switching because 1) it’s closed sourced, and 2) owned by an American company, and thus 3) likely to implement NSA-style backdoors. This is made more likely by the fact that […]

Gwern has an old note on the US’ offer to buy Greenland from Denmark after WW2. Aside from the usual nationalist feelings about land, the Greenland population is ~25% genetically Scandinavian, presumably mostly Danish. This number is from genomic studies, the sociological counts differ somewhat because they include the mixed persons in the Inuit group […]

Lots of published psychology studies don’t replicate well, in particular cute things like interactions, counter-intuitive or priming effects. In general, traditional behavioral genetics studies have replicated well. This is not surprising because basically the same method (ACE fitting) has been applied to lots of large datasets, and studies that use consistent methods on large datasets […]

Back in January, Steve Hsu did an interview with Daphne Martschenko who is a phd candidate at Cambridge in education. She’s basically doing science journalism on behavioral genetics as far as I can tell. Now there’s a new interview up. I have some comments to it because Steve was a little too nice. Bias from […]

We need dplyr for this: library(dplyr) First, use the anon user to log into the SQL server (user = “anon”, pass = “”, ip = “128.199.203.208”, port = 3306): sql = src_mysql(“population_freqs”, host = “128.199.203.208”, user = “anon”, port = 3306) Select the 1000 genomes phase 3 table: sql_1kg = tbl(sql, “1000genomes_phase3”) #look at the […]

Read Gwern’s review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1433728829 Aside from that, it’s a lot of wasted opportunity. For instance, the income~IQ relationship. The discussion is extremely economisty. Not even mentioned that people vary a lot in their job preferences for job types which is linked to the wages of these jobs. This creates a lot of noise for the […]