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Ben Farrer
PhD candidate at Binghamton, Pre-doctoral researcher at Fordham,
Interests: Comparative and American politics, Parties and Interest Groups, Envrionmental Politics, Methods
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I’ve been thinking about the role of evolutionary psychology in political science, after it was used in a couple of recent presentations. My concern is that political scientists are borrowing a method or paradigm from another discipline without borrowing the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
What about Nobama? That rhymes, right? Also who was writing songs about Obama in 2005???
Everyone has their own way of teaching methods, but in this entry I thought I’d share a brief exercise that I thought worked well. This code was developed when I was the teaching assistant for a second-semester methods class focusing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
In the previous post, I looked at whether it’s possible to code the answers to open-ended survey questions in such a way as to flag respondents who perhaps weren’t taking the survey seriously. My primary concerns were whether these outbursts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Time Magazine: “Do you care about what you sing?” Bob Dylan: “How can I answer that question if you’ve got the nerve to ask me?” In this post I discuss whether we should exclude a respondent from survey analysis if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
I had a look at the top tracks tagged as 'political' by users here, and was surprised that Pink made it into the top ten:
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2011 on War/Politics Songs (2) at The Quantitative Peace
Clearly inspired by Phil and Mike, I’d like to offer my own list of songs… although mine is more ‘political science’ than war-themed. I should acknowledge, as other have, that my statement about whether a chorus is great or not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Every journal should publish an April fool's day edition. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
I love lists and I hope you do too. Several lists have occurred to me recently, and I was going to ignore my itch to make them because there are probably lots of good end-of-year lists floating around now. But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at The Quantitative Peace
This episode of the radio show 'More or Less', available in podcast, has a nice discussion of Arrow's impossibility theorem. It's a consistently good show for anyone interested in quantitative social science, especially how to teach it. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at The Quantitative Peace
Do political leaders follow a set of rules when publicly listing their favourite music? This is a well-rehearsed ritual in my own life. You meet someone you’re romantically interested in, and immediately attempt to maneuver the conversation towards taste in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at The Quantitative Peace
Hi, thanks for the comments, I'm a big fan of Gelman's blog too. I also agree that Bayesian inference often allows for a deeper exploration of the data, but my worry here is that we're not setting ourselves and our theories a harder test - which in my opinion, is what our empirical sections should be doing. It may be a more suitable tool in a statistical sense, but are there ways we could be using it to make it a more suitable 'social scientific' tool too?
I ordered Carlin and Louis 2009 “Bayesian Methods for Data Analysis” yesterday and have been left with some questions by the first chapter that I want to raise here, because it reinforces my belief that there’s an unfortunate lacuna in... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2010 at The Quantitative Peace
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