Friday Fluff – May 20th, 2011

By Razib Khan | May 20, 2011 5:19 pm


1) First, a post from the past: Pentecostals are stupid? Unitarians are smart?.

2) Weird search query of the week: “aki kaurismaki”

3) Comment of the week, in response to “Fixing science, in part”:

In one of Ben Goldacre’s books he cites a study about publication bias which shows that there’s a publication bias in studies about publication bias. Given reasonable assumptions about distributions, people aren’t publishing studies which would show only a small bias. I don’t k now if this is hilarious or just demonstrates how severe a problem publication bias is.

4) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

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  • Clark

    BTW on that post from a couple of years ago you linked to how did they deal with the SAT/ACT distinction? People in the east tend to take SATs while the west (at least when I was in college) ACT. I ask since of the 25 Mormons they had SAT scores.

  • Razib Khan

    BTW on that post from a couple of years ago you linked to how did they deal with the SAT/ACT distinction?

    the old SAT was more g-loaded than the old ACT. but i assume that if you pooled the values for groups the greater noise for the ACT would cancel out and you’d get the same predictivity.


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