Calling bull

This week we’ve had fun discussing how to better present results of quantitative analyses in graphs (hint: start by using graphs), and I figured I really should share the word of for those who are not aware of this excellent page (or the non-sanitized original here). In many ways the syllabus of this course reminded me of a course I took back then at Oxford where we were encouraged to think critically about research evidence (no, certainly not the “critical” that leads to “deconstructing” in the post-everything world). What I really like about the syllabus  Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West put together is that it goes well beyond just pointing out the nonsense out there, but they also provide useful tools and case studies. That’s what I try in my course, too.

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