So earlier today, the comments thread of a very excellent Jeff Nusser post on team chemistry, an plan for world domination was hatched: Pooling the number crunching prowess of CougCenter members into a team of people who can fulfill a number of roles for the site including:
1. Provide quick and rigorous statistical analysis for the editors. With multiple people who can tackle any problem, it won't really matter if any one person is busy. Someone will be able to help out.
2. Provide each other input on the stats and methods before they are published, having our own small "peer-review" system. Many eyes on a problem has a way of weeding out errors pretty quickly
3. Work on large datasets that no one of us would have time to work on individually. (I have a couple in mind at the moment...)
What I am hoping we can do in the comments here is two things:
1: Get everyone interested in contributing to speak up. Also if you could add in your experience briefly, what platforms/tools you are used to, and if you feel like you have a "strong area" of stats. Perhaps we can start figuring out where people's strengths are apportion work acccordingly.
2. Gather ideas for big projects/datasets to collect and maintain, and the best way to manage data and work-flow among participants.
Finally: Whether you have stats experience or not, please jump in and give us some ideas for what types of projects to undertake. All the number crunching in the world doesn't mean anything if no one is really interested in the results.
What do you think of this whole idea?
Wonderful! (38 votes)
Horrible! Go do something useful with your time instead! (0 votes)
We shall see how it unfolds.... (13 votes)
51 total votes