Friday, March 30, 2012
Physics Envy
The NYT published an oped today by a pair of political scientists on "physics envy" by sociologists, economists, and political scientists. The authors mainly argue that theory can be useful even when it is wrong or unsupported by data, and briefly mention that data analysis is useful even if theoretical contributions are not obvious. I disagree with the former, but not the latter. For a similar view, see this post by the theoretical physicist Sean Carroll.
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 Physics Envy
 Irving Louis Horowitz
 MyPersonality
 Why are Economists so (Consistently) Led Astray Ab...
 Popularity of Programming Languages
 Big Science and Sociology
 Statistical Lexicon
 McKinsey on Big Data
 Inequality: Everyone's Thinking About It
 Universal Limits in HighDimensional Statistics
 Rethinking Tragedy and Success
 Why Inequality Matters
 Inequality "Crisis" of Marriage
 Corporate Culture Revisited
 Misc. Links
 MIT Inequality Talk
 Scatter Plot Matrix in R
 Taxes and Inequality
 3D Scatter Plots Redux
 Checking Weather in Stata
 Is Everything Culture?
 Ternary (or Triaxial) Plots
 Causality and Ethnography
 The Mystery of PowerLaw Distributions
 Visualizing a Correlation Table
 Why Models are Not Data
 R versus Stata Redux
 Culture and Poverty
 Values and Politics

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