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Why women in psychology can't program

"About two months ago my brother, who works in data science on social psychology data, asked me why his colleagues, who are women and have PhDs in psychology, cannot code"

Holy shit, you all! Thank you!


> 100 comp cog modelers! 🤯

Please continue to boost and add: queer ppl, disabled ppl, gender minorities, ethnic minorities, neuroatypical ppl, & whoever else I'm forgetting — all minorities in modeling. 💞

@olivia When I did one unit in data science, IBM SPSS was prescribed as the software to use. I was talking to a friend who is interested in data science and she mentioned doing that, plus some stuff around C and Arduino (and, not sure what else, maybe SQL also). But I agree that more coding units would be very good.

@DarckCrystale @olivia Nothing so well formulated yet, no: Just that "Scratch Junior" is a really nice entry-point with more ready-to-go media and sprites for kids on Android. For my older girl I've started her out in Jupyter Notebook, just going through some concepts so far.

@olivia This makes me so mad. Having three daughters, I see more than ever how early the signalling begins. "Boy's" Clothes have computers, binary digits, circuit shapes. Girls get fucking Unicorns.
I've been teaching my 7-year-old a little Python and she loves it, and is clearly capable of understanding the abstractions. My 5-y-o plays Scratch Junior and loves it. Kids are kids.

@piermingo I'm a computational modeller. So I need C and Python.

@olivia I'm about to take over support for Psychology at my library, and I'm going to include coding and stats support. Thank you.

New blog post!


Why women in psychology can't program

"About two months ago my brother, who works in data science on social psychology data, asked me why his colleagues, who are women and have PhDs in psychology, cannot code"

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@bthall @olivia slightly late to the party here, apologies... I saw those slides too (courtesy of hspter@twitter), and found them fascinating.

However, I'm not really a notebook user, so as an R user I gotta ask - is there a big win over something like a Shiny Gadget/webapp that can be packaged up, shared, and run in RStudio? Seems like that gets the interactivity without some of the headaches... But maybe I'm missing the point?

@gwmngilfen @olivia I'm not familiar with the R and shiny tech to say yes or no. But at one point I researched which language supported easily runnable interactive elements and the Python and notebooks route seemed much better than R and Shiny, which seemed to still require running things somehow or hosting the notebooks on a server. lets any user access a notebook with interactive elements and interact there, or a user can download that same notebook and run the exact same code on their machine just by opening it. My impression is that with Shiny, as you said, it requires additional steps to run the thing if you opt to download it and run it yourself - a burden that I felt was too significant for my target audience, the barely tech literate or patient.

visualization hot take: animated plots tend to hide most of the data. either follow follow tufte’s “above all else, just show the data” or give the audience control over what data is shown with an interactive plot

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We've just launched the /#Separados website v2 featuring the work of volunteer scholars responding to the ICE-led border crisis of 2018. "Follow the Money", exposes the financial world of criminalizing free movement.

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