151 episodes

A podcast dedicated to all things quantitative, ranging from the relevant to the highly irrelevant. Co-hosts Patrick Curran and Greg Hancock talk about serious statistical topics, but without taking themselves too seriously. Think: CarTalk hi-jacked by the two grumpy old guys from the Muppets, grousing about quantitative methods, statistics, and data analysis, all presented to you with the production value of a 6th grade school project. But in a good way.

Quantitude Greg Hancock & Patrick Curran

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    • 5.0 • 190 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to all things quantitative, ranging from the relevant to the highly irrelevant. Co-hosts Patrick Curran and Greg Hancock talk about serious statistical topics, but without taking themselves too seriously. Think: CarTalk hi-jacked by the two grumpy old guys from the Muppets, grousing about quantitative methods, statistics, and data analysis, all presented to you with the production value of a 6th grade school project. But in a good way.

    S5E25 Is Being a Professor the Right Fit for Me?

    S5E25 Is Being a Professor the Right Fit for Me?

    In this week’s episode, our 150th and the last of season 5, Greg and Patrick hear from five people at different stages of their academic journey, who share some of their concerns about a career in academia. Along the way we also mention: deathscrolling, Patrick’s fuzzy blanket, slow motion ballerina, Twix, academia infomercial, Twitter admins, micromanaging, pilot training, young Turks at the gate, stupid shit like this, chalk holders, administrative tennis, Nietzsche, Eeyore, Kaitlin Clark a...

    • 52 min
    S5E24 Zombie Wheel of Distributions

    S5E24 Zombie Wheel of Distributions

    In this week's episode Patrick and Greg somehow manage to tie together pretending to be sick with game shows with zombies with conspiracy boards to explore the remarkable inter-relations among probability distributions, starting with the Bernoulli and biting their way through the binomial, z, t, chi-square, F, and beyond. Along the way they also discuss having a 122 degree temperature, playing with mercury, daytime TV, Paul Lynde, Vanna White, horses and plows, breeding like cats, the long co...

    • 47 min
    S5E23 A Rosetta Stone for DAGs and SEM

    S5E23 A Rosetta Stone for DAGs and SEM

    In this week's episode Greg and Patrick talk about both structural equation modeling and directed acyclic graphs, or DAGs, where they are similar and where they are different, and try to provide a Rosetta Stone for translating back and forth between the two. Along the way they also discuss pop, garage sales, thinking about excessive thought, roly-polies, potato bugs, been to the cinema, sweet tea, smiley face sub-i, poop hat, the British Museum, fiberglass replicas, love languages, cave drawi...

    • 48 min
    S5E22 Survival Analysis in the Social Sciences: It's About Time

    S5E22 Survival Analysis in the Social Sciences: It's About Time

    In this week's episode Patrick and Greg explore the incredibly cool topic of survival analysis, which is a set of techniques that allows for powerful tests of predictors of the amount of time to experiencing an event; yet these models are not often used in many areas of study. Along the way they also discuss the date of your death, running with scissors, Patrick's Audi A8, because she's dead, say my name, the good guys, things that annoy me, you tell me, using your brain, sofa forts, back dat...

    • 47 min
    S5E21 Multilevel Factor Analysis: But What Do The Factors Mean?!

    S5E21 Multilevel Factor Analysis: But What Do The Factors Mean?!

    In this week's episode, Greg and Patrick talk about the challenges of combining confirmatory factor analysis and multilevel data, and the underappreciated but absolutely critical role that theory plays in choosing the proper model for your constructs. Along the way they also discuss learning in a second language, torn meniscuseseses, concert C trumpets, nosy neighbors, forts of equations, artillery commanders, saluting cadets, the huffing closet, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, ...

    • 47 min
    S5E20 Local fit...Because Global Fit Measures Suck!

    S5E20 Local fit...Because Global Fit Measures Suck!

    In this week's episode Greg and Patrick discuss the assessment of global vs. local model fit and they argue that although global measures of fit can be useful, carefully assessing local fit may be of much greater importance in practice. Along the way the also discuss cheap beach house rentals, misplaced sand dunes, Mrs. Lincoln, the child catcher, hushpuppies, cockroach feces, academia as community theater, spikes and smoodges, opening paragraphs, dark and stormy nights, sharp rusty knives, d...

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Alex Tonigan ,

The good, the bad, and the ugly

I often recommend this to other researcher friends and I feel like it’s the equivalent of saying, I read a paper and thought of you. Usually a few weeks later I get a text or email stating that my sense of humor is disturbing because I enjoy the humor in you podcasts so much. And then I ask what episode they’re on and they say season 2. So thanks, I look forward to Tuesdays’ and am reminded of my passion for research every time I listen.

Zach_Cooper#373 ,

A must listen for any quant researcher

Hilariously informative. Cannot recommend enough!

meivera100mrivera ,

We don’t deserve this

The amount of knowledge you two have is statistically significantly different than zero. I cannot thank y’all enough for this podcast. Looking forward to many more years of listening.

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