“The good news about this episode is that it’s kinda shut up those people who were criticizing that Stanford antibody study because it was an un-peer-reviewed preprint. . . .” and a P.P.P.S. with Paul Alper’s line about the dead horse

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/30/the-good-news-about-this-episode-is-that-its-kinda-shut-up-those-people-who-were-criticizing-that-stanford-antibody-study-because-it-was-an-un-peer-reviewed-preprint/People keep emailing me about this recently published paper, but I already said I’m not going to write about it. So I’ll mask the details.

In Bayesian priors, why do we use soft rather than hard constraints?

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/29/in-bayesian-priors-why-do-we-use-soft-rather-than-hard-constraints/Luiz Max Carvalho has a question about the prior distributions for hyperparameters in our paper, Bayesian analysis of tests with unknown specificity and sensitivity: My

“The Moral Economy of Science”

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/29/the-moral-economy-of-science/In our discussion of Lorraine Daston’s “How Probabilities Came to Be Objective and Subjective,” commenter John Richters points to Daston’s 1995 article, “The Moral Economy

Blast from the past

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/28/blast-from-the-past/Lizzie told me about this paper, “Bidirectionality, Mediation, and Moderation of Metaphorical Effects: The Embodiment of Social Suspicion and Fishy Smells,” which reports: As expected

This is not a post about remdesivir.

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/27/this-is-not-a-post-about-remdesivir/Someone pointed me to this post by a doctor named Daniel Hopkins on a site called KevinMD.com, expressing skepticism about a new study of remdesivir.

Age-period-cohort analysis.

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/27/age-period-cohort-analysis/Chris Winship and Ethan Fosse write: Since its beginnings nearly a century ago, Age-Period-Cohort analysis has been stymied by the lack of identification of parameter

Last post on hydroxychloroquine (perhaps)

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/26/last-post-on-hydroxychloroquine-perhaps/James “not this guy” Watson writes: The Lancet study has already been consequential, for example, the WHO have decided to remove the hydroxychloroquine arm from

RStudio 1.3 Released

https://blog.rstudio.com/2020/05/27/rstudio-1-3-release/ Today we’re excited to announce the general release of RStudio 1.3. This release features many major improvements to the IDE, including: Dramatically improved accessibility