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Science Writers 2013: 6 tips to protect yourself from data-led error
 

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Slides from my talk at the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) in Gainesville, Florida on 2 November 2013

Slides from my talk at the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) in Gainesville, Florida on 2 November 2013

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    • Hilda Bastian @hildabast NASW Sciencewriters 2013, Florida 2nd Nov http://www.slideshare.net/HildaBastian/ (Link listing on last slide) Statistically Funny blogspot Absolutely Maybe at Scientific American Click on image Click on cartoon for link to post
    • See also: Who’s saying it? Academic spin (click thumbnail) Think through the context of what happened, the methods of collection and method of analysis before analyzing the data
    • Always think about confidence intervals/margins of error, matching use of numbers & language to data certainty (47.23% or just less than half?) See also: Standard deviations (click thumbnail) Click on cartoon for link to post
    • See also: Alleged effects include… (click thumbnail) Click on cartoon for link to post The strength & quality of data vary within a study. And always lo for all outcomes (especially adverse ones), not just the ones researchers point you to.
    • Click on cartoon for link to post
    • See also: He said, then she said… (click thumbnail) Click on cartoon for link to post
    • The biggest bias we have to deal with is our own. Click on cartoon for link to post
    • Link listing http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/absolutely-maybe Promising = overhyped + under-tested: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2012/06/promising-over-hyped-under-tested.html Academic spin: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/absolutely-maybe/2013/09/09/academic-spinhow-to-dodge-weave-past-research-exaggeration/ You will meet too much false precision: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/02/you-willmeet-too-much-false-precision.html Standard deviations: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/04/dont-worry-its-just-standarddeviation.html Statistical significance: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/03/nervously-approachingsignificance.html Alleged effects include…: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/07/alleged-effects-includehowling.html Studies of cave paintings have shown..: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/06/studies-ofcave-paintings-have-shown.html Studies in isolation – “Look Ma, straight A’s!”: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/04/lookma-straight-as.html He said, then she said…: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2013/05/he-said-she-said-then-theysaid.html Begging hopefully for less bias: http://statistically-funny.blogspot.com/2012/06/begging-hopefullyfor-less-bias.html