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Re: Online talk available

Finally I took the time and watched Bob's recorded talk. His points are valid and his presentation is both interesting and (as always) entertaining. One comment though: Bob's illustrations of bad science consist exclusively of examples of ill-applied parametric statistics. I would have been even happier listening to him if he had suggested using nonparametric statistics — methods that would overcome most of the objectionable data analyses he showed.

Nevertheless, 100 points to Bob!


On 2/25/13 3:08 PM, "Alain de Cheveigne'" <alain.de.cheveigne@xxxxxx> wrote:


It's funny, perspicuous, and I'm sure it'll have a very useful impact. It's also a great example of talk design. Anyone who takes science seriously should find the patience to sit through the talk, and perhaps go back once or twice to figure out any examples that they don't get the first time.


On 20 Feb 2013, at 20:59, Bob Carlyon <bob.carlyon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dear list,
Last year I gave a talk to the British Society of Audiology, which was subsequently recorded & made available online. The title is “Science: How not to do it” and the talk covers some common logical and statistical errors in scientific research. There are also some good cartoons, and the opportunity to win points by spotting errors. I realise that it may not be sophisticated enough for many subscribers to this list, but some people have found it useful, so I thought I’d post the link.
Here it is:
Dr. Bob Carlyon
Programme Leader
MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
15 Chaucer Rd.
Cambridge CB2 7EF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 355294
Fax: +44 (0)1223 355294