Aug 2, 2021 • 1HR 32M

15: How to Think about Stats | Philippe Lemoine & Richard Hanania

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Discussions with CSPI scholars and leading thinkers in science, technology, and politics.
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Philippe Lemoine is a Research Fellow at CSPI and a PhD candidate in philosophy at Cornell University. He recently wrote a blog post called "Lockdowns, econometrics and the art of putting lipstick on a pig," where he takes apart a paper on the effects of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions. Richard and Philippe discuss what's wrong with this paper and what it reveals about academia and the incentives scholars face more generally. They also explore when and under what circumstances one should trust statistical analysis.