Category Archives: Issue in Class

Posting and Partners

I composed a short page about blogging partners and commenting. It is available in the upper navigation or a link is here. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Really nice job to all on your first assignment.

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Equation Editor

There have been a few questions about how to type up equations in Word. A colleague shared this today, so I thought I would pass it along. It’s an equation editor embedded in Word 2010. It is LaTeX-style; LaTeX is the program I use to type your exams and answers. I hope it’s helpful.

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=474856

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Outlines

I will return your outlines in class today, and discuss some things you all need to work on, but I wanted to highlight a few students who have a particularly good grasp on project development this far. I suggest you read their blog posts about their projects if you are struggling with how to organize your paper or structure your hypothesis, which many of you seem to be from my reading of your papers.

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No blogs this week

As we had a lot due last week and a few of you have expressed that this week is full if tests, we won’t have a blog assignment this week. I encourage you to keep working on your semester projects, though.

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Freakonomics

There’s been a big debate on economics blogs this week about Freakonomics. I thought I’d share a recent installment. I’ll come back and link to the other pieces of the story a bit later. It just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

I know we haven’t read a lot of the book yet, but things to think about as we move forward.

Don’t forget the Finance Symposium tonight.

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Significance, revisited

As Kevin, Andy, and Lauren have commented on, statistical significance and economic significance are not necessarily the same thing. I just thought I’d point out that this is a question that haunts even the most experienced researchers. And they still blog about it, too.

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Citing blog posts

As you all are getting your bibliographies ready this week, I thought it might be useful to point out how we cite blogging in academic work. This is a pretty new space for most people, so I encourage you to read this blog post for specific instructions on how to cite.

Whether to cite, though, is a quite different answer. Recall that any time you use someone’s ideas or words, you should be citing it, giving proper credit. Blog posts are of varying quality, so I caution you against taking facts away from a blog post. Statistics, figures, numbers, and other factual information that you cannot back up using a peer-reviewed or otherwise published work should not be taken from blogs. If you find one of these things on a blog and it seems compelling, see if the author links back to another source, or if you can find it elsewhere. It’s perfectly reasonable to email the author and ask where they got the information. If you cannot confirm it though, it’s probably better left out.

Blogs are a great source of ideas. They might help you think better about your paper, the variables in your model, the way you talk about a certain aspect of your results. In this case, you should always cite the blog, just like you would cite any other published work.

As a side note, this includes citing yourself. If you take words directly from a blog post and put them into your paper, they should be in quotations and cited as originally published on your blog.

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