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Davies’ Law

Davies’ Law: “As a discussion about scientific rigour continues, the probability of someone mentioning Andrew Wakefield’s MMR study approaches 1”.  A friend of a friend (I love Facebook right now) proposed this today as a variation on Godwin’s Law.  Godwin’s … Continue reading

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Inequality and volunteering – half-formed thought

I’ve just been next door talking to Anjelica Finnegan about philanthropy in the US.  The new NCVO Almanac (p.14) shows a nice bubble chart illustrating how much people in different countries give to charity (as a percentage of GDP). Americans give … Continue reading

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Volunteering as therapy

Volunteering is (extremely) broadly defined in academia.  There are articles discussing volunteering as service, volunteering as serious leisure, volunteering as activism, volunteering at work, volunteering as a pathway into work, volunteering in as many domains as you can think of…  But nothing (caveat: … Continue reading

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A Gini coefficient for volunteering?

The Gini coefficient is used to measure income inequality.   It struck me on my way in that it would be great to have something like that for volunteering.  Bear with me…  John Mohan has used a concept called the “civic core” … Continue reading

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What kind of day has it been?

Please excuse the shameless West Wing quote in the title…  It occurs to me that I haven’t really written much about my project and maybe I should remedy that.  I’m going to write a three papers thesis (rather than the traditional … Continue reading

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Time-varying covariates III

A thought occurs.  Longitudinal data allows change to be studied within individuals was well as within populations.  This is ‘a good thing’.  You can look at whether a training programme affected an individual’s employment status, for example.  Or whether breakfast … Continue reading

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Founding the Confounding Factor

What is a confounding factor? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, confounding is “destroying, confusing, perplexing, amazing, etc”.  In statistics, a confounding factor or variable worms its way between your carefully chosen cause and effect, making a nonsense of your research … Continue reading

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