In addition to my empirical research, I am also keenly interested in various statistical and technological tools and methodologies that can be used to improve the way we do science. One of my academic goals is to enhance researchers’ access to and understanding of various technologies available to them. This includes understanding data collection tools like Mechanical Turk, as well as statistical tools like R. Alongside this, I also wish to facilitate understanding and use of statistical techniques like effect sizes, confidence intervals, Bayesian statistics, and meta-analyses. Although much has been written about these techniques, there still exists a gap between statisticians and empirical researchers in terms of understanding and proper use of these procedures. My goal is to find ways to better bridge that gap.
To these ends, in December 2014 I ran a one-day workshop at my school to teach the basics of using R. In addition, I currently have two R packages under development. The first, reghelper, assists with some of the routine tasks associated with regression. A second, paramtest, provides a general structure for running simulations and parameter searches. I am also on the steering committee for PsyArXiv, an open-access preprint service for psychological research. I hope in the future to continue working on other tools that can help researchers with statistics, methodology, and open science.
- Web development skills:
- Other technical skills:
- R, SPSS, Qualtrics, SAS, Mplus, Apache Spark, Hive, Impala