(The reading room in Harvard's undergraduate library. Due to signs prohibiting photography, I took this surreptitiously with my camera phone. Shhh!)
On I think four different occasions in the past month, I have either read papers or heard talks--none, I should say pre-emptively, by Tina--that have somewhere made an argument that was structurally the following:
The data I have unfortnuately provide very modest information [due to weak measurement, low sample size, whatever] pertinent to the research question I am trying to address. Because of this limitation, I have made an analytic decision to throw away some of the pertinent information I do have.BTW, I am working today from the Harvard undergraduate library, because I have a bunch of reviewing and other reading I need to get caught up on and I thought I would get more done here than either in my office or home. Diagonally across from me is a young woman who looks strikingly like Matt Damon's Harvard love interest in Good Will Hunting. She's even doing chemistry homework, just like in the movie.
Update: The last two sentences of this post were taken by an anonymous commenter as suggesting I was itching to go over and be all creeptastic toward the woman in question. Such an interpretation was not intended by the proprietor of this weblog. Sheesh.