Season: Season 3

S3E08: Statistical Degrees of Freedom…An Intimate Stranger

In today’s episode Patrick and Greg talk about statistical degrees of freedom: what they represent, how they are computed, and the importance they play in daily life. Along the way they also mention color blindness, the Skinnylicious menu, Kevin Bacon, Elmo’s Diner, the flatties, Amtrak, drinking Guinness at room temperature, sudoku, courage, paying the reaper, …

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S3E07: In Defense of Researcher Degrees of Freedom

In this episode, Greg and Patrick discuss the many places where researchers make decisions throughout the research process, and they weigh the pros and cons of those researchers having such decision-making freedom. Along the way, they also mention Lucky Charms, frozen waffles for dinner, the fifth down, forking paths, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, sharks …

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S3E05: Pop Quiz 3: Ethan’s Revenge

What starts as a friendly check-in with our intern Ethan McCormick in the Netherlands turns into Ethan’s Pop Quiz Revenge around the themes of statistical paradoxes and distributions. Along the way, Greg and Patrick also discuss headlamps, airport carousels, prostrate vs. prostate, operatic ambulances, ungulates, how X-mas got its X, Cobra Kai, bromeo, metric time, …

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S3E04: Two Time Point Data: What Is Your Quest?

Patrick and Greg talk about the potential advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches to analyzing two time-point data. They discuss traditional models for raw and residualized change scores, and describe how each of these remains baked into the soul of contemporary models for repeated measures data.  Along the way they also mention: 24 inch pizza …

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S3E02: Johnson-Neyman Regions of Significance

In this episode, Patrick leads Greg and the rest of us through the incredibly cool and powerful topic of regions of significance, a way to help unpack under what moderating conditions treatments and variable relations are statistically significant. Along the way, they also mention: parallelism, Olivia Newton-John, going to the wrong church, laws in Vermont, …

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