Bing Crosby science

In a recent interview, Gary Taubes calls picking data that support your conclusion “Bing Crosby science.” This comes from a song by Bing Crosby that begins “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

Taubes uses the phrase to refer specifically to epidemiology, though it applies to all science. He credits “a Scottish researcher” with coining the phrase, but doesn’t say any more about who this researcher was.

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3 thoughts on “Bing Crosby science

  1. We need someone write a song about best linear unbiased estimators and uninformative priors. And it needs to be REALLY catchy! ;-)

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