Category: Research

Modeling Possibly Nonlinear Confounders

In recent empirical work, my coauthors and I have found it useful to treat ordinal variables as factor variables rather than as continuous variables when entering them on the right-hand side of a regression. What I mean is a situation as follows: we are estimating the model Y = a + βT + γU + […]

Is Quantitative Description without Causal Reasoning Possible?

This week saw the launch of an exciting new journal entitled the Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media. Although the bit after the colon delimits topical scope of this particular journal, it is the bit before the colon that is most exciting and which has elicited wide commentary. JQD:DM promises to publish quantitative descriptive social […]