Playlist: Measurement, Reliability, & Scoring

S4E05 Moderated Nonlinear Factor Analysis: A Conversation with Dan Bauer

In this week’s episode Greg and Patrick spend a wonderful, if not at times awkward, hour talking with Dan Bauer about the genesis, application, and future directions of the what may be the world’s worst acronym: MNLFA, or moderated nonlinear factor analysis. Along the way they also discuss unsolicited help from teenagers, gold stars, acronyms, …

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S4E04 Partial Least Squares: Straight Outta Uppsala

In this week’s episode Patrick and Greg talk about partial least squares, a technique that resembles structural equation modeling but with a lot of flexibility, including but not limited to its ability to accommodate both reflective and formative constructs. Along the way they also mention dark Red Bubble, Sheeps Kin, snorting SEM, the Coors Light …

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S3E18: Aunt Roz’s Guide to Latent Means Models

In this week’s episode Greg and Patrick discuss latent means models to conduct group mean comparisons while controlling for measurement error, which gives you more power and more accurate standardized effect size estimates. Along the way, they also mention Aunt Roz, table 8, naughty pigs, crossing the streams, big twinkies, asbestos, It’s a Small World, …

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S3E16: Your COVID Rapid Test Result: Are You Positive You’re Positive?

In today’s episode, Patrick and Greg use the context of COVID rapid tests to discuss issues of sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predicted values, and the generally questionable utility of test accuracy information. Along the way they also discuss escape rooms, C4, Embassy Suites, palak paneer, 93% accurate, astragali, SAT prep courses, the volume of …

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S3E15: Heywood You Help Me With Negative Residual Variances?

In today’s episode Greg & Patrick discuss the causes, consequences, and potential solutions associated with negative residual variances in factor analyses, a condition commonly called a Heywood case. Along the we way they also discuss vegetarian pepperoni, Jaws Part 2, coffin seat belts, balancing a ship, bad puns, sterilizing needles, dead canaries, hitchhikers, legal depositions, …

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S3E12: The History of Measurement: A Conversation with Derek Briggs

Patrick and Greg have an in-depth conversation with Derek Briggs, from the University of Colorado, about his new book exploring the fascinating and at times uncomfortable history of measurement and the people who helped develop methods we still use today. Along the way they also mention: outsourcing parenting, where do babies come from, hearing colors, …

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S2E33: Truth, Balderdash, and Construct Validity

In this episode Patrick and Greg construct a deconstruction of the construct of construct validity. Constructively. Along the way they also discuss Jacques, sheep STDs, Bill Clinton, college admissions, touching a giant turtle, butwinking, cadaver bingo, nomological networks, teen spirit, playing drop-the-hanky, ticket to the prom, and lipstick on a pig. 

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