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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 • 186 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.

    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, lactose intolerance, Greg's ATM PIN, our circle of friend, and configural configurations. 
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    • 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, dream teams, DAGs as religion, No Daggity, burly moles, Western Kansas, good bones, and computer defaults. 
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    • 46 min
    S5E19 Item Response Theory, Q.E.D.

    S5E19 Item Response Theory, Q.E.D.

    In this week's episode Patrick and Greg provide an introduction to the Item Response Theory model: what it is, how it relates to traditional factor analysis, and how this modem approach improves upon some of the limitations of classical test theory.  Along the way they also mention weinerness, memorizing Latin for punishment, eggszampke, in ether words, ITR, switching a and b, I’m not defensive - you are, why biostatisticians hate us (page 3 subsection 8), binary babble, EAPs and MAPs, computer adaptive  testing on the playground, Bob’s your uncle, and the liberal arts mic drop. 
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    • 49 min
    S5E18 Probability on Spring Break

    S5E18 Probability on Spring Break

    In this week’s episode, Patrick and Greg play with some of the basics of probability in the context of some classic, fun, and often counterintuitive examples.  Along the way they also discuss arguments with relatives, a feel for the roulette wheel, Xeroxing your butt, “The coin has spoken.”, Quantitude BooqQlub, the Bellagio Fountains, Clooney and Pitt look-alikes, the Flippier, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Monty Hall, Ferraris and goats, the birthday problem, how to carve an elephant, and pick-6 lotteries. 
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    • 44 min
    S5E17 Classification and Regression Trees with Yi Feng

    S5E17 Classification and Regression Trees with Yi Feng

    In this week's episode Greg and Patrick are honored to visit with Yi Feng, a quantitative methodologist at UCLA, as she helps them understand classification and regression tree analysis. She describes the various ways in which these models can be used, and how these can serve to inform both prediction and explanation. Along the way they also discuss looking pensive, drunken 3-way interactions, Stephen Hawking, parlor tricks, Cartman, validation, dragon boats, anxiety, spam filters, hair loss, audio visualizations, overused tree analogies, rainbows & unicorns, rain in Los Angeles, and Moneyball.
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    • 50 min
    S5E16 Simpson's Paradox

    S5E16 Simpson's Paradox

    In this week's episode Greg and Patrick talk about Simpson’s Paradox: what it is, examples of where it occurs in real life, and why we might not really need to think about it as a paradox at all.  Along the way they also discuss Apple Vision, The Simpsons predicting the future, sitting too close to the TV, low levels of radiation, Paul the octopus, Blinky, shtuff, duck duck duck, Jonathan the tortoise, batting averages, bad at fractions, Cal Berkeley admissions, GDP and happiness, exercise and heart attacks, and Double Super Secret whatever.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

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.

@kyle__grealis ,

Don’t listen…

Unless you’re looking for a hilarious approach to understanding and appreciating statistics. Greg & Patrick have me binge-listening to catch up while I’m at my work desk, in my car, or wherever. A wealth of insight and plenty of everyday- and nerd-funny moments. Keep it up!!! Love it :)

Knickolaz ,

Even my kids love this show…

… and they don’t know or care about statistics. But apparently they know and care about first-class banter. Who would have thought that a podcast about statistics would leave members of my whole family entertained and/or enlightened?

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