The Chutzpah

I'm trying to get a bunch of work done on a couple gaming-related projects by Christmas so I'm not spending much time keeping up with things in the blogosphere, but a person drew my attention to a tweet and I had to highlight it:

It's really quite obscene. If you don't know why it's so outrageous, read my response to it:

Lewandowsky and many of his compatriots of his field of study have completely misused simple correlation tests by applying them to highly skewed data sets, violating basic requirements for the tests. The tests require data have a symmetrical distribution (which you can't have in a heavily skewed data set), and because of that requirement, the relationships their results represent will be symmetrical.

Lewandowsky has amazing chutzpah to violate the requirement his data have a symmetrical distribution then turn around and say his results prove there is a symmetrical relationship.


  1. Canman, I believe he has everyone you mentioned blocked. It should still show up for anyone who isn't also blocked though. That's why it shows up for me. I have multiple Twitter accounts so as long as any one of them isn't blocked, I can view the tweets just fine. Which is a dumb aspect of Twitter blocking.

  2. Hey Brandon -

    IIRC, you suggested reasons why you'd likely be posting less... but just was wondering if everything's OK.

  3. Hey Joshua, sorry for the slow response. I hadn't opened this blog up in a couple weeks before today. I appreciate the concern, but I'm doing as well as ever. I wrote a bit about the reason for my absence (and upcoming return) in a new post. Long story short, I got fed up with the global warming debate and realized I wasn't getting anything out of looking at it anymore. I considered just changing the focus of the site without taking any time off, but every time I tried, I couldn't manage to break myself from previous things. I'm hoping a couple months off will let me get a fresh start.

    Interestingly, I've actually been quite active on this web site. The blog is just one thing I run on it, and with the extra free time, I've been working on stuff that uses other parts of it. I'm even in the process of working on a service to run on the server for a small gaming project, which if anyone found in its current state, could be bad as it could be exploited to crash the server.

    I just wanted to say that because I'm a network security person by trade. I really shouldn't leave things open to exploit like that, but I'm too lazy to put in the proper safeguards right now. It's funny because I've lectured clients on that sort of thing plenty of times.

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