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Presidential Column

Bayes for Beginners 3: The Prior in Probabilistic Inference

APS President C. Randy Gallistel concludes his three-part tutorial on Bayesian analysis by explaining the role of prior distribution in deciding among competing conclusions that might be drawn from experimental data. ... More>

Observer Article

Rotten Reviews Redux

"Boring as hell" said a reviewer in rejecting a paper by APS Fellow Terrie E. Moffitt. Moffitt, APS Board Member Thomas H. Carr, and APS Fellow Carol Dwyer join a collection of leading scientists sharing their most stinging rejections from journal editors. ... More>

Observer Article

Cattell Fund Supports Collaborative Research

APS Fellows Peter C. Gordon, Lori Holt, and Greg Hajcak Proudfit will embark on sabbaticals supported by the James McKeen Cattell Fund, each using advanced methods to study a variety of cognitive and emotional processes. ... More>

How Much Should Scientists Check Other Scientists’ Work?

Presidential Column

Bayes for Beginners 2: The Prior

Following on his September column, APS President C. Randy Gallistel shares additional Bayesian basics by discussing the role of prior knowledge in estimates and conclusions. ... More>