NYT on Philosophy of Science

Remember that AI class I’ve been blogging about? It’s got me thinking. Here is a take on what is collaboration that I would not have noticed without the priming from our discussion a couple week’s ago: “In a formulation that was galling to both sociologists and scientists, [Latour] once argued that Louis Pasteur did not just, as is commonly accepted, discover microbes; rather, he collaborated with them.”

From https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/magazine/bruno-latour-post-truth-philosopher-science.html

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Typology of model users

From same article as above https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/sdr.1596

Champions

Skeptics

Mystics

Social organizational network as an important factor as well— power mapping with Spectrum of Allies exercise useful?

“[H]aving a technically sound model is not enough to assure widespread and effective use …” — additional elements, such as a champion in a leadership role and clearly defined problem to model help.

A goal that I have not yet attained: finding a keeper-of-the-model in the client organization, who can run additional scenarios.

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eScience Talk: Zan Armstrong

I missed it but the recording is high quality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8EtCUyLxIE

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Augmented Intelligence: Mixed Initiative UI

I missed the last Augmented Intelligence class, but two times ago we read and discussed Horvitz,E. (1999) Principles of Mixed-Initiative User Interfaces. CHI 99. http://erichorvitz.com/chi99horvitz.pdf

This is about 20 years old, but still makes sense to me. The presenter paired it with some 

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What factors allow groups to use models successfully?

I’ve been way to busy helping different groups wring insights from GBD estimates with microsimulation. But in my copious spare time, I’ve been enjoying a paper that studies what factors allow different groups to use models.

The authors focus on a particular Systems Dynamics model of the health system, but I think their finding can be generalized to other models and other systems. For example, “the actual utility of the model is dependent upon a match between the scope of the community’s defined problem and the capabilities of the model.” That makes sense to me, but I’m not sure I thought of it explicitly before I saw it written out.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/sdr.1596

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Love to Software Carpentry

I have been a fan of this educational offering for a while now, and I have been mentioning that for a while now, too. But I am moved to say it again, because I’m planning a four-session Intro to Python training for aspiring Health Metrics Scientists, and the SWC curriculum is making that so easy.  It could have been so hard. ❤ u SWC.

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SummerSim Papers Available

Some papers from this summer’s SummerSim (editor’s note: summer-before-last) are available online now:

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