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.
S3E03: Principal Components Analysis is your PAL
Greg and Patrick discuss Principal Components Analysis: what it is, what it absolutely isn't, and what kind of cool things it can do in its own right. Along the way, they discuss Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the division symbol, Spider Pig, croissants & skewers, doing a nickel in the big house, jumping the starter solenoid, Ptolemy the Weenie, two fingers of whiskey, embracing the "but", the sexual lubricant data base, stylometry, bitcoin forensics, and bad Yelp reviews.
S3E02: Johnson-Neyman Regions of Significance
In this episode, Patrick leads Greg and the rest of us through the incredibly cool and powerful topic of regions of significance, a way to help unpack under what moderating conditions treatments and variable relations are statistically significant. Along the way, they also mention: parallelism, Olivia Newton-John, going to the wrong church, laws in Vermont, pick-a-point, nan-aaaah-meters, the whack-a-doodle package of the month, kindergarten math deficiencies, the crossing guard creed, and the rosary landspeed record.
S3E01: Leaping to Statistical Conclusion Validity
In the inaugural episode of Season 3, Patrick and Greg argue (more than usual) about statistical conclusion validity: what it is, what affects it, and how it fits in with other types of validity. Along the way they also mention: FrogFest2021, fostering illusions, coughing up a thorax, entrée vs. entry, 50 hours of community service, 8-hour depositions, statistical herpes, and Cheese Cake Factory menus and calorie counts. Oh, and… the sax is back!
A Summer of Love History of Quant, part 3
In this, the third and final episode of SummerQamp, Greg and Patrick embark on a cross country journey in a VW van in quest of the Summer of Love. Along the way they explore three lines of historical development that ultimately come together to close out the 1960's: multiple regression, path analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis. They just begin to draw trippy insightful concluding comments but the fuzz show up and break up the party. Harsh.
A Fireside History of Quant, part 2
Nursing their SPF-defying sunburns from SummerQamp 1, Patrick and Greg now find themselves in the woods by a roaring campfire, covered in bug spray. In this second summer installment they transition from previous conversations about the origins of statistics to the incredibly cool and often concurrent history of measurement. Grab a stick, pull up a log, and come roast a marshmallow with us!
A Poolside History of Quant, part I
After completely blowing an ambitious summer schedule of weekly episodes, Patrick and Greg sit poolside and shoot the breeze about the fascinating history of quantitative methods. No, for real; it’s actually fascinating. Anyway, they start with some of the old gamblers from the 1600s and work their way through the early decades of the 20th century. This discussion sets the stage nicely for a future summer episode, at least in theory given how long it took to get this one out. Happy
Applause from the “hard science” peanut gallery
The lovely thing about listening to this podcast as someone outside of the field (theoretical physics) is that I understand the jokes more with each listen! I came for the banter and stayed because of the hosts’ ability to explain things at a range of levels. Awesome podcast!
Hilarious and informative
I took Dr. Hancock’s SEM course when I was in grad school. It’s one of the easiest class I’ve ever taken. Not the content itself is easy, but Dr. Hancock has unique ability to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy for students to digest. And, he does it so effortlessly! I wish I could take all the classes he offers but I’m so glad I found the podcast! I have been binging listening the episodes and, needless to say, I’m obsessed. It’s insightful, informative, and the playful banter between two hosts is icing on the cake.
Much-needed for Phd students!
Hilarious, accessible, and very informative! As a Phd student in developmental science, I find this kind of content invaluable.