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Rethinking Education
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Dear PI's who wrote the NSF proposals I am now reviewing...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Funding Illusions
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Flying 101
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One to Rule Them All
Friday, August 20, 2010

The NSF review panel process
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peer review, schmeer review
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Hypotheses: The most disposable of lab supplies
Thursday, August 12, 2010

How much do you need to want it?
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The time I spend reviewing as a function of proposal score (NSF ratings) can be summarized by:

Normal curve

Of course most proposals are in or near the Good category...

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Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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If you combine every measure of a particular thing in the whole world, Its a normal distribution. You got it right in this case too.


Nikkilina
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Nice.


Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Prabodh Kandala said:

If you combine every measure of a particular thing in the whole world, Its a normal distribution.

Is this actually true?


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Dr Becca, Ph.D. said:

Prabodh Kandala said:

If you combine every measure of a particular thing in the whole world, Its a normal distribution.

Is this actually true?

 

If it were, we would have no need of tests for normality. Though, I'd say * that most thing probably do fall under a normal distribution.

 

*Note, my statement is devoid of any statistical proof to support it.


Prabodh Kandala
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Well well. This was my hypothesis. This world is balanced because, if there is 50% good, there is 50% bad (this is a crude example). Imagine what would happen if there is 100% good or 100% bad.

To support my Hypothesis, our recent Statistics teacher told this point while she was teaching "Normal distribution".

Well, you are more experienced than me, so I would agree if you prove it other way. Smile


Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Um ... guys? You're making my head hurt!


Odyssey
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@Nikkilina:

Join the club.


Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Oh good. I hate to feel like the only one who doesn't get it!


Genomic Repairman
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When the hell did this joint turn into PhilosophySpaces?


Odyssey
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@GR:Indeed.


Nikkilina
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@GR Agreed!


Prabodh Kandala
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Just for fun.


Dave Bridges
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I like the SJ Gould analogy.  A drunken man on a sidewalk beside a building has some probability of stumbling into traffic but no probability of stumbling through the wall.  Thus a street skewed distribution


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@Dave Bridges:

Given that many proposals are reviewed by people with a pen in one hand and a stiff drink in the other, I would say that's a pretty good analogy.


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When my friend was writing his dissertation, he would give sections to his advisor for review. When he got it back he could tell that the prof was getting more and more drunk the further into the paper he got because there were more scotch stains and the comments were more vulgar and abusive.


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@Nikkilina:

That is a little excessive.

(Sorry about the pun.)


Tideliar
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Everything is normally distributed? Evverything? SRSLY?

 

Tish and pish and fie upon you! Get back to stats 101.


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Tideliar said:

 

Tish and pish and fie upon you!

Promise me that one day, you'll teach me how to talk like you do.


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Dr Becca, Ph.D. said:

Tideliar said:

 

Tish and pish and fie upon you!

Promise me that one day, you'll teach me how to talk like you do.

Deal   Smile

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