S3E10: Observation and Exploration


Patrick and Greg discuss the often forgotten importance of observation and exploration for the purpose of suggesting patterns and forming hypotheses, which can later be refined and rigorously tested within the framework of our well-developed confirmatory machinery. Along the they way they also discuss Orlando road trips, our inner child, crappy glue, melted chocolate, leaning into the pitch, even a penny, 3-by-5 therapy cards, Law & Order, Easy Rider, 200 million digits of pi, The Illuminati, the first rule of Confirmatory Club, aircraft bullet holes, and Karl and Tom.

Additional Show Notes

  • Behrens, J. T. (1997). Principles and procedures of exploratory data analysis. Psychological Methods, 2, 131-160.
  • Fuller, S. (2004). Kuhn vs. Popper: The struggle for the soul of science. Columbia University Press.
  • Kuhn, T. (2021). The structure of scientific revolutions. Princeton University Press.
  • Russo, R. (1997). Straight Man. Random House, Inc.
  • Tukey, J. W. (1977). Exploratory data analysis. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Tukey, J. W. (1980). We need both exploratory and confirmatory. The American Statistician, 34, 23-25.

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