Month: February 2020

Episode 16: IF EPISODE=16 THEN EPISODE=-999;

In Episode 16 of Quantitude, Patrick and Greg have more fun than is probably socially acceptable when talking about missing data. In addition to embracing the Zen-like paradox of “the presence of missing data,” they also discuss West Point, “is” versus “are,” middle school English teachers, relentless tenacity, talking narwhals, being completely pregnant, taking in …

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Episode 15: Academia and the Chamber of Secrets

Greg and Patrick embark on a free-ranging discussion of many of the things no one bothers to tell you when entering academia, some that were particularly (and often pleasantly) surprising. They also talk about learning to fly, parenting, Richard Russo, Bayesian personality, Craisins, just noticeable differences, crayon giraffes, academic mulligans, final_final_final drafts, dead birds, Britney …

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Episode 14: Model Fit & The Curse of the Black Pearl

Patrick and Greg take on the topic of model evaluation and fit, particularly as applied to structural equation models. They also discuss compulsive counting, mashed potatoes, letting the horses out of the barn, building model 747s, Jenga, Moses’s third tablet, the Pirate Code, demon conferences, and Roo Mates. 

Episode 13: How Do I Get Scale Scores? Weight, Weight… Don’t Tell Me…

Greg and Patrick pursue several topics raised on prior episodes on scale reliability and measurement invariance to their logical conclusion. Namely, they ponder the multitude of persnickety issues associated with putting a set of items into the psychometric sausage maker to grind out scale scores for use in subsequent analysis. In addition to bickering with …

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