Four short links: 2 August 2017

App Size, Decision-Making, Headless Chrome, and Scientific Significance

By Nat Torkington
August 2, 2017
  1. App Sizes Are Out of Control — amen! I’m downloading a CD of data a day just for app updates.
  2. Make Great Decisions — useful technique.
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  4. ChromelessChrome automation made simple. Runs locally or headless on AWS Lambda. Chromeless can be used to: run 1000s of browser integration tests in parallel; crawl the web and automate screenshots; write bots that require a real browser; do pretty much everything you’ve used PhantomJS, NightmareJS, or Selenium for before.
  5. Moving the Goalposts? (Thomas Lumley) — responding to a paper proposing to make the threshold for scientific statistical significance be 10x harder to clear: The problem isn’t the threshold so much as the really weak data in a lot of research, especially small-sample experimental research [large-sample observational research has different problems]. Larger sample sizes or better experimental designs would actually reduce the error rate; moving the threshold only swaps which kind of error you make. This isn’t all of Thomas’ thesis, but it’s a good point.
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