tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post3617975022129390715..comments2020-11-29T02:07:43.911-05:00Comments on Information Processing: Bounded cognitionSteve Hsuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02428333897272913660noreply@blogger.comBlogger9125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-18066832614349429752013-12-15T03:20:05.798-05:002013-12-15T03:20:05.798-05:00Where I go to school, biology majors must take sta...Where I go to school, biology majors must take statistics and calculus. Statistics is obviously of great utility -- calculus has far fewer applications in biomedical research. <br /><br />Many people on the street intuitively understand statistical notions like variance and effect size. Maybe they even understand P values and the importance of large samples. They merely use different language.Inversenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-90542628887928459512011-10-28T10:20:30.856-04:002011-10-28T10:20:30.856-04:001/5 of Americans believe that the sun orbits the E...1/5 of Americans believe that the sun orbits the Earth. Seriously. <br />A majority of Americans believe in astrology.<br />http://www.gallup.com/poll/3742/new-poll-gauges-americans-general-knowledge-levels.aspxI've checked the polls in question. No "tricky wording" or confounding factors that I can detect.*I've come to believe that scientists frequently fail to grasp how LaurentMelchiorTelliernoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-73486923276569118462011-01-15T04:17:02.713-05:002011-01-15T04:17:02.713-05:00Thinking in terms of distributions is step 1. But ...Thinking in terms of distributions is step 1. But another leap is to understand that there are uncertainties in your probability estimates, and different kinds of uncertainties. See, e.g., http://www.ellsberg.net/documents/Risk_Ambiguity.pdf<br /><br />You might also find this essay of interest (are you a Bayesian? must two rational Bayesians always converge to the same conclusions?): http://steve hsuhttp://duende.uoregon.edu/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-81754150141549246002009-11-16T10:22:13.153-05:002009-11-16T10:22:13.153-05:00Do you have any reading recommendations for remedy...Do you have any reading recommendations for remedying a P&S deficit?mhninhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03294137589220415002noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-1705935223047513152007-10-13T16:51:00.000-04:002007-10-13T16:51:00.000-04:00Dear Steve,of course you are perfectly right.I was...Dear Steve,<BR/>of course you are perfectly right.<BR/>I was in a bad mood and wrote my comment in total bad faith.<BR/>I am a great admirer of your blog and of yourself and it was wrong to bring my quarrel with some linguists to this fine place.<BR/><BR/>Sincere apologies and best wishes,<BR/><BR/>Hildebrand Spencer Poynt de Burgh John Hannasyde Coombe-CrombieAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-21188699959074262592007-10-13T16:06:00.000-04:002007-10-13T16:06:00.000-04:00The point isn't that there is some body of knowled...The point isn't that there is some body of knowledge that average people lack. It's that they lack something of immediate practical value to them -- e.g., counting for Piraha traders or an understanding of statistics for Americans trying to make sense of health or economic data in the newspaper. It's hard to argue that the average person can find concrete benefits from understanding advanced Steve Hsuhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02428333897272913660noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-59337538556829299202007-10-13T14:02:00.000-04:002007-10-13T14:02:00.000-04:00I think Lieberman is displaying the usual smug an...I think Lieberman is displaying the usual smug and politically correct attitude so dear to "linguists" (a bunch of monoglot universal polyfools,like their guru: UschBeurkIgitt Chomsky ).<BR/>His argument boils down to "you are just as ignorant as a recursiveless Piraha.But the Piraha is not ignorant".<BR/>Why, there might even be <BR/>a few million Americans out there who don't know that the Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-1265261038437549842007-10-12T21:06:00.000-04:002007-10-12T21:06:00.000-04:00You can learn a lot of useful statistics without c...You can learn a lot of useful statistics without calculus. Some of the most useful for research -- Design of Experiments -- (which shows up in Google Analytics) can be done without calculus.<BR/>A friend who is working on his PhD in Physics knows calculus well. But he is unfamiliar with design of experiments methods. Yet that is what he needs to use to be able to do more efficient experiments Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5880610.post-23158120774510009602007-10-11T08:43:00.000-04:002007-10-11T08:43:00.000-04:00That's an interesting perspective on replacing cal...That's an interesting perspective on replacing calculus w. Prob & Stat. On the one hand, Prob would be much more useful for those going into the social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, etc.) On the other hand, calculus is a prerequisite for a rigorous course of probability, so a number of students would need to retake Prob after taking calculus.RAhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13412596833064046750noreply@blogger.com