Monthly Archives: April 2013

In defense of Sherkat?

A few notes on Regnerus, Sherkat, science . . . At this point I will acknowledge a contradiction found in my previous post on Sherkat and the Regnerus study: despite my rhetoric, I agree with Sherkat, in this case. Regnerus’s … Continue reading

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A second post on Reinhart-Rogoff

In advanced societies, social structure is largely experienced as a barrage of symbols. Maintenance is only as solid as the representative text and images. Recently, an important symbol went down. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper “Growth in a Time of Debt” used … Continue reading

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Sherkat and the Regnerus study

Sherkat plays three main parts in the sociology of the Regnerus study. Taken together these three parts are complex and multidimensional. First, he famously called the study “bullshit.” Second, he performed an “audit” of the study, confirming and establishing as … Continue reading

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Reinhart-Rogoff: a structure of knowledge goes down

An important structure of knowledge went down last week. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper “Growth in a Time of Debt,” which claimed to show that real GDP growth is weak when government debt hits a “threshold” of 90% of GDP, was taken down … Continue reading

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A second post on the comments around Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence

In the process of analyzing textual data, when should researchers reconfigure the text into numerical representation? (a) Basically never. Text should be kept “whole.” Textual data are entirely dependent on context. (b) Under certain circumstances. Depends on the research question. … Continue reading

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analyzing symbolic data: a sociology web debate

How should symbolic data like text and images be analyzed? This question is now front and center, instigated by the appearance of Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence. This question is important because symbolic data continue to proliferate in advanced capitalism. How to … Continue reading

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