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Genome wide association studies are unfit for causal inference

Genome wide association studies (GWAS) are observational studies of a genome-wide set of genetic variants in different individuals to see if any variant is associated with a trait. This type of study is very new and it shows how far computer science has come, enabling us to sequence the entire genome of hundreds of thousands of individuals ifContinue reading “Genome wide association studies are unfit for causal inference”

Sociologists discuss sociological methods, physicists discuss physics

The title of this piece is a quote attributed to the great french physicist and philosopher of science, Henri Poincare. To further learn about his perspective on the discipline here is another quote of his : Nearly every sociological thesis proposes a new method, which, however, its author is very careful not to apply, soContinue reading “Sociologists discuss sociological methods, physicists discuss physics”

On the difference between statistically significant and statistically non-significant results

I’ve heard and read several statisticians use the following phrase or an equivalent, such as Andrew Gelman on his blog or Nassim Taleb on his youtube channel : The difference between “significant” and “non-significant” is not itself statistically significant But what does this mean exactly ? I did not fully understand it at first. IContinue reading “On the difference between statistically significant and statistically non-significant results”

The reason I don’t believe we will ever develop artificial general intelligence

The reason I got interested in artificial intelligence is because the idea of artificial general intelligence, or AGI, amazed me. It seems that the ambition of creating artificial life has inhabited people’s minds for millennia. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus forged and gave life to the bronze giant Talos, a form of artificial life. Nonetheless, IContinue reading “The reason I don’t believe we will ever develop artificial general intelligence”

Economics talk with Kilian Tep : Rent-seeking, Keynes, Hayek and markets

Kilian Tep is a friend of mine who is a data scientist on top of having studied economics. We share several interests and decided to have a conversation about them. We discuss how Keynesian policies often backfire and create inequality, compare markets to centrally planned economies while delving into how all of these elements relateContinue reading “Economics talk with Kilian Tep : Rent-seeking, Keynes, Hayek and markets”

A short introduction to the replication crisis and fraud in academia

This last year and a half a phenomenon in academia has caught my attention. A big chunk of the scientific papers published in reputable journals don’t replicate. In this article we will try to explain the reasons behind this crisis, its implications and what we might do about it. What is replication ? You could makeContinue reading “A short introduction to the replication crisis and fraud in academia”


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