Category: Math/Statistics

Book review: The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect (Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie)

Book review: The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect (Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie)

Pearl, J., & Mackenzie, D. (2018). The book of why: the new science of cause and effect. Basic Books. This is an interesting but annoying book. The basic pattern of the book goes like this:…

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You can’t ignore gene-environment correlations when looking for gene-environment interactions

Humans love interactions, they tell interesting stories (however, no study has investigated this bias, AFAIK). However, statistics and nature hate interactions. Interactions in general have low prior, and because people fail to realize this properly,…

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Making better use of the scientific literature: large-scale automatic retrieval of data from published figures

Science is a set of related methods that aim at finding true patterns about the world. These methods are generally designed so as to remove noise from random circumstances (the traditional focus of statistics) and…

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Standard deviation of total SAT scores: not simply the sum of the standard deviations of subtests

Someone on Reddit for SlateStarCodex: AFAIK, SATs are normed to mean of 500 per section and standard deviation of 100. Assuming that math and verbal are highly correlated, that approximates to 1000 mean and 200…

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