Aristot;le and Alexander the Great

It Matters When Science is Misunderstood

A much-shared screed against various types of science –including, predictably, most social science–has James Dyke scratching his head and quoting Wolfgang Pauli: ‘This isn’t right. This isn’t even wrong.’

6 years ago

Big Data: No Free Lunch for Protecting Privacy

In the first of a series of excerpts from a just released report summarizing 2013’s International Year of Statistics’ London conference, we look at one of the down sides of Big Data.

6 years ago
Walter Wyckoff

Return to Planet Quantophrenia

Robert Dingwall argues that numeracy and and a grasp of quantitative method of course have a place in the education of a social scientist, but they shouldn’t be the only skills in the graduate’s quiver. How about he ability to walk around, for one?

6 years ago

Quantophrenia is Back in Town

Many social scientists find themselves members of a cult of quantification, argues Robert Dingwall, in love with numbers for their own sake even when those numbers produce no useful knowledge.

7 years ago

The Nonresponse Challenge to Surveys and Statistics

Survey researchers are increasingly unable to get people to respond to surveys. This is a real worry because nonresponse can lead to biased research and because nonresponse poses a significant threat to the federal statistical system in its entirety.

8 years ago