(Continued) From the trenches: How I’m learning to write (guest post)

Image: The PhD monomyth.  Compare with the monomyth narrative structure, the Hero’s Journey (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero’s_journey).   Adaptation by J. Drake. This is Part II of a guest post by Joe Drake, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Part I is here.  Joe’s own blog is The Secret Life […]

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Two tired misconceptions about null hypotheses

Comic: xkcd #892, by Randall Munroe  For some reason, people seem to love taking shots at null-hypothesis/significance-testing statistics, despite its central place in the logic of scientific inference.  This is part of a bigger pattern, I think:  it’s fun to be iconoclastic, and the more foundational the icon you’re clasting (yes, I know that’s not […]

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From the trenches: How I’m learning to write (guest post)

Image: The monomyth narrative structure – the Hero’s Journey.  Public domain, by David Richfield, via en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero’s_journey   This is a guest post by Joe Drake, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Joe’s own blog is The Secret Life of a Field Biologist, and you can email […]

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A capital dilemma: “western Australia” or “Western Australia”?

Image: Western Australia, © TUBS via commons.wikimedia.org CC BY-SA 3.0  Warning: trivial. Because no point of writing pedantry is too trivial to catch my eye – and my friends know it – I was asked for advice last week about when to capitalize directional modifiers of place names.  Should one write “western Australia” or “Western […]

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