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Can I (should I) change the name of this distribution?

Actually changing the name because someone might be offended by a sound that comes from a completely different domain and is completely separate from the history of racism would be condescending, in ...
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Can I (should I) change the name of this distribution?

If you are at all unsure about causing offense, you could always use the full name in your paper "Normal-Inverse-Gaussian distribution". It won't be any less readable for that. In your code ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

This sounds more the fault of your advisors than yours for not equipping you with the supervision you need to perform your experiments up to standards. Do not under any circumstances falsify or ...
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How can I avoid being "the negative one" when giving feedback on statistics?

I would suggest approaching your colleague in a humble and inquisitive way (especially since you're a junior member of the team). If you start the conversation with "your conclusions are wrong and ...
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Reporting data dredging in a study

Yes. I would have a separate section of your paper entitled something like "Further exploratory analysis", report what you did and what you found, and note that until a study has been design to ...
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Should I cite all R packages I used?

YES. There are lots of reasons to and no reasons not to (unless you're under some kind of strange space/ink constraint). Here is an important and under-appreciated reason why: Most of the people who ...
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Why do statistics journals generally have low impact factors, long publication times, and low acceptance rates?

In my mind, the low impact factor of journals in the mathematical sciences is primarily due to the fact that the impact factor only takes into account citations within the first two years after ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions)

While I would certainly counsel against some aspects of how you are undertaking your educational journey (especially the daily weed smoking), I don't see any inherent reason that you cannot continue ...
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Could a journal reject an article due to the style or quality of accompanying code?

You will not have a paper rejected for poor coding style. Particularly not in bioinformatics. Unless the paper is a tool development paper, the chance that a reviewer even looks at the code is not ...
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How can I avoid being "the negative one" when giving feedback on statistics?

General feedback rules apply. Here are some of them: There is no need to criticize any person. Stick to facts. Describe things, especially describe what you think about things, e.g. don't write "the ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Following up on @BrianKrause 's excellent answer. Do not present fake data as real. You might be able to write something useful and interesting with the data you have along with several different ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Never fabricate data under any circumstances. That is the worst form of academic dishonesty there is, and is unforgivable. The scientific process depends on our ability to build on the work of others, ...
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Could a journal reject an article due to the style or quality of accompanying code?

Let me bring up a more serious issue that you don't ask about. Poor coding "style" can also mean poor "coding". And poor coding can hide errors, affecting the results. If your ...
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How can I pass a statistics exam that overly relies on memorizing formulas?

In addition to @Buffy suggestions: A lot of formulas in statistics are variations on the same theme. If you understand the relationship between the formulas you can learn for each "block of ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

I'm also going to point out that if it took 3 years to do the experiment, then assuming you're researching something useful then the data is massively valuable and you need to get it written up. ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

I will answer this from a statistical viewpoint and omit any criticism of your supervisors. You have n=1 but claim to need n=3. I assume this is a consequence of some statistical tool, which simply ...
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Test an already existing hypothesis but in a different setting/country?

I think you have a big misconception of what plagiarism is. Passing other people's work as your own is plagiarism; doing something and later discover that it was done before is not. It is not even ...
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How to manage thesis professor who is wrong

I’m not in a position to comment on the specifics of the problem, so will answer the abstract question: what to do if my advisor tells me to do something that I know is incorrect, as a condition for ...
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How can I avoid being "the negative one" when giving feedback on statistics?

It would be nice if statistics was always about the truth, and there was a right answer or method to every question. That simply isn't the case though, and many elements have room for debate. I'm an ...
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Medical Statistician: Concerned about missing authorship after conducting majority of project's data analysis, graphs, and figures

I'm sorry this happened to you. It is, unfortunately, all too common for those of us that have vital skills that are asked to contribute to research initated by others. What can be done at this ...
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Do PhD admission committees prefer prospective professors over practitioners?

Yes (but it's usually an unconscious bias, and not openly stated). Many academics consider failing to become a professor actual "failure". An academic career is supposed to be a vocation. ...
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How can I pass a statistics exam that overly relies on memorizing formulas?

One way to memorize a lot of things is to write each one on a separate index card and carry them about with you at all times. Perhaps write a name on one side and the formula on the other. Never leave ...
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Removing outliers. Would it be called cherrypicking data?

One major pitfall is going into analyzing the data without an a priori protocol to deal with outliers. Time to time, tension rises between analysts and investigators on whether a point should be ...
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How can I avoid being "the negative one" when giving feedback on statistics?

"If I were a reviewer..." The easiest way to accomplish this is to frame the critique as something a reviewer would want to know. In this way, you are positioning yourself as a very valuable team ...
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Is applying to "non-obvious" programs truly a good idea?

There is probably something valid in the advice, but it would be a mistake to treat that as the top/first level consideration. Much (much) more important is what your career goals are. If you choose a ...
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Do PhD admission committees prefer prospective professors over practitioners?

Nearly all PhD students will never be professors. Some PhD programs might prefer to recruit PhD students who intend to become professors, but sensible PhD programs will realize that students who wish ...
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Can I (should I) change the name of this distribution?

Change the name if you like. Point it out prominently in your paper and code, possibly more than once (e.g. first mention in the main text and in the methods / supplement, of course also in the ...
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