For my records, last week we read a yet-to-be-submitted paper in development here at IHME. The week before that we read Tarde’s idea of quantification by Latour.
This week we follow up on a thread that emerged from our challenging reading in anthropology, the role of religion in public health, with the paper Religion and health: public health research and practice by Chatters, described by my colleague who recommended it as “a little dated but is still a sort of touchstone piece”.
Here is something I needed recently that other people have been tweeting about needing, too: http://nbviewer.ipython.org/5649571
This could also a place to collect other ways to do it.
This week in journal club we will read Improving the Measurement of Maternal Mortality: The Sisterhood Method Revisited by Merdad et al. A method I am quite fond of.
A colleague forwarded me this RFP specifically for replication of controversial impact evaluations. It includes a recent journal club article (by other IHME colleagues) on the candidate study list. Cool!
I’ve also made it really easy for someone to replicate the results in one recent paper I was involved in, on hepatitis C virus seroprevalence. Well, easy if you manage to get dismod installed… making that really easy is still on my to-do list.
I mentioned in February a couple of contests that caught my eye, and the Whale Detection one turned out to be quite interesting. Now it has completed, and the prediction quality (AUC, if I recall correctly) has been raised from .72 to .98. Very cool.
This week’s paper Effect of the Newhints home-visits intervention on neonatal mortality rate and care practices in Ghana: a cluster randomised controlled trial, by Kirkwood et al. Cluster randomized trials and meta-analysis, a good combination to put new results in the context of the old.