September 2006

Mind the Coding

Here's something new to pick at, in addition to methods problems: coding isues. A recent Science (August 18, 2006, pages 979-982) article by Bruce Dohrenwend and colleagues reported on revised estimates of post traumatic stress disorders of Vietnam veterans. See here for an NYT article. The new study indicates that some 18.7% of Vietnam veterans developed diagnosable post-traumatic stress, compared with earlier estimates of 30.9%.

Applied Statistics – Ben Hans

Applied Statistics – Ben Hansen

This week the Applied Statistics Workshop will present a talk by Ben Hansen, Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan. Professor Hansen graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. He went on to win a Fulbright Fellowship to study philosophy at the University of Oslo, Norway, after which he earned his Ph.D. in Logic and Methodology of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Freeloading: Economics meets Poly Sci, imitates Art

In the next few weeks, the number of articles posted to this site is set to increase, partly because school's back in session, and partly because we've recruited some new authors for the committee. This is a good thing in general. However, I know I work best on a deadline, so it happens that I tend to post when the flow is slower, and less when a lot of articles are being posted by the other authors.

Fundamental Changes in Methodology Labor Market?

Last Fall I counted 51 faculty methods jobs posted in political science. I paid close attention because I was on a relevant search committee. This was particularly interesting because equilibrium in past years was about five or so. Right now there are 39 methods jobs posted (subtracting non-tenure/tenure track positions). Now some of these are listed as multiple fields, but one has to presume that listing the ad on the methods page is a signal.

The Tenth Dimension

The semester is about to start, which means it is math camp time at the Government Department. The very first topic is usually an introduction to dimensions, starting from R1 (lines), to R2 (planes), to R3 (3D planes), to R4 (3D plane plus time).