I previously referenced Donald Sharpe’s idea of a statistics maven: people with one foot in a science field and one foot in statistics, who frequently act as a conduit for new quantitative innovations. Afterward I had an email exchange with someone who wanted to know how to become a maven, and I had to pass along the news that he probably already was. As a public service to others with similar concerns, I thought I should gather together the most probable symptoms (pending a comprehensive program of construct validation research, of course). Here at the top ten signs that you are a statistics maven:
10. You have installed R packages just to see what they do.
9. Your biggest regret from undergrad is a tossup between that person you never asked out and not taking more math.
8. You call the statistics you learned in grad school “frequentist statistics” and not just “statistics.”
7. People who are not quantitative psychologists call you a quantitative psychologist.
6. But you would be embarrassed if an actual quantitative psychologist overheard them.
5. You have a dead-tree subscription to Psychological Methods delivered to home so you can read it in bed.
4. You are thanked in the acknowledgements sections of your entire cohort’s dissertations.
3. You have a Keep Calm and Read Meehl poster in your office.
2. You once ran an entire study just to have the right kind of data for an analysis you wanted to try.
1. You have strong opinions about bar graphs and you are not afraid to share them.
(p.s. Shoutout to Aaron Weidman for #5.)