Friday, September 21, 2012

My Day Has Been Hijacked by Nerdy Debates

by Sara N.

Sooooo I was settling in to work on today's S4 post, but I got sidetracked by one of the geekier workplace debates I've had in a while. First, there was a heated debate about the proper pronunciation of Likert (a rating scale used in survey research): Is it LICK-ert or LIKE-ert? We then moved on to Chronbach's alpha (a measure of reliability in statistical research): Is the "bach" pronounced like "baby got" or like "Johann Sebastian"? And is hierarchical regression superior to stepwise regression analysis? And why are people still renting porn from places like Family Video? Don't they know about the Internet?

I think you can all see why today's post may be delayed. Accept my apologies, and tell me in the comments about the nerdiest yell-fests you've engaged in at home or work.

From xkcd, of course.
(For the record, my answers are LIKE-ert, "baby got," it depends but I generally like hierarchical, and because they don't understand how the interwebs work.)
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  1. LIKE-ert it correct, Sara. I have your back on this one.

    One of my pet peeves is the use of the letter "s" after "toward" or "afterward." It's unnecessary. It doesn't change the meaning. This may be years of journalism school and nights cuddled up with the AP Stylebook, but I have a coworker who is convinced "towards" is correct and a "real word" and doesn't understand why I always edit the "s" out of documents.

    1. Yes! Fight that good fight. I, too, sleep with an AP Stylebook under my pillow, so I know that it's always toward and never towards. Likewise, "all right" is two damn words, not one.