Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me: Taylor Swift, Tenure, and Scholarly Research.

We laugh, but only to stop from sobbing. On a recent NPR game show, a Taylor Swift joke pokes fun at a common research mistake: anecdotal evidence being thought of as somehow meaningful and generalizable information. This shows up a … Continue reading

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Does that Sound Like Research to You?

Three days after his wife died from cyanide poisoning, medical researcher Robert Ferrante typed a search into Yahoo! Answers: How would a coroner detect when someone is killed by cyanide? Several months before his wife was poisoned, Ferrante also searched … Continue reading

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Is Google the Best Place for Legal Information? Well… Yes and No

Ray Tomlinson, a 62-year-old from Warren, Michigan just wanted to get home quickly: driving from Arizona to Michigan was a long trip. When his girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat turned out to be not sleeping but dead from a … Continue reading

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Google’s Knowledge Based Trust Score

Do You Want to be Popular or do you want to be Trustworthy? Google Search has been using popularity to determine reliability. A clever strategy when the Internet was in its infancy, but now, just like in high school, popularity … Continue reading

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