In this project, I investigated how mechanism-based explanations can be accomplished using regression modeling. Update: The poster won the 2017 Best Poster Award by the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science of the University of …

# Blog

## Social origin and the ability to self-evaluate school performance accurately

Abstract: As for students many consequential life decisions still lie ahead it is vitally important that their choices suit their abilities. Concerning education, a misperception of academic ability can lead to educational misinvestment with potentially …

## Smoking is contagious! A simple diffusion model and Bayesian estimation

I investigated peer influence in a classroom context using social network data and Bayesian estimation.

## Kissing is contagious! A simple diffusion model of kissing behavior of 12 year olds.

Using social network data, I studied peer influence in a classroom context

## Destructive Sociology?

Unfortunately, the emphasis in sociology tends to be on critiques of theory rather than on synthesizing and devising a way forward; on detecting the weakness of existing theory rather than on identifying their most useful …

## Marginal Effect at Mean vs. Average Marginal Effect

Based on this post by Michael Norman Mitchell, I want to remember the difference between the Marginal Effect at Mean and the Average Marginal Effect. I conduct an ordered logistic regression (proportional odds model) to …

## A comment on the Rational-Choice discussion

It is surprising why often discussions between sociology students end up in a discussion about the appropriateness of Rational-Choice Theory (RCT). Although I confirm that a behavioral theory on the micro-level is necessary to develop …

## Exploring the margins command

It seems to me that the margins command really gives me a better understanding of the (linear) regression method itself. So far I have managed to predict expected values of the dependent variable conditional to …