If you have Sharad’s blog in your RSS (as you should), you won’t need this entry

What can search predict?

Actually, I don’t have an RSS myself, but I think you get my point.

P.S. This reminds me that I have to talk with Sharad and Duncan again about their results on people’s perceptions of their friends’ attitudes. Last we spoke, I felt like we were closing in on a way of distinguishing between two stories: (1) people think their friends are like them, and (2) people predict their friends’ attitudes from their friends’ other characteristics. But we didn’t completely close the deal. Sharad: if you’re reading this, let’s talk!

P.P.S. I’m a little irritated by one aspect of Sharad’s blog, which is that the nearly contentless illustration at the top is much prettier than the ugly, sloppy bit of data graphics at the bottom. The illustration is great, but if you care that much about how things look, why not spend a few minutes on your statistical graphs? It’s not just about appearances. With better graphics, you can learn more from the data. Especially if you also use multilevel models, so you can get good estimates about subsets of your population.