I linked earlier to Jeff Leek’s post on fivethirtyeight.com, because I thought it talked sensibly about assessing health news stories, and how to find and read the actual research sources.
While on the bus, I had a Twitter conversation with Hilda Bastian, who had read the piece (not through StatsChat) and was Not Happy. On rereading, I think her points were good ones, so I’m going to try to explain what I like and don’t like about the piece. In the end, I think she and I had opposite initial reactions to the piece from on the same starting point, the importance of separating what you believe in advance from what the data tell you. (more…)