What do the professors say?

[From Rick Marken (950202.1946)]

Boy, the net is like molasses (or concrete) -- at least from
my perspective. My posts take well over a day to show up. So
the same will probably be true of this one. I guess I'll just
have to do productive work, whether I like it or not.

But while I'm off being productive, I would like to be able to look
forward to a really interetsing post. And the post that would be the most
interesting to me would be the one from Bruce Abbott regarding the
response of his colleagues to the analysis of the compensatory tracking
task. Did any of your colleagues act like Tom Bourbon's friend "Fred"?
Did any of them find it challenging or was it just like water off a
duck's back (my guess is the latter for most of them)? Did any of them
see the light and become PCTers?

What happened, Bruce? Inquiring minds really do want to know.

Best

Rick

[From Bruce Abbott (950203.0845 EST)]

Rick Marken (950202.1946) --

But while I'm off being productive, I would like to be able to look
forward to a really interetsing post. And the post that would be the most
interesting to me would be the one from Bruce Abbott regarding the
response of his colleagues to the analysis of the compensatory tracking
task. Did any of your colleagues act like Tom Bourbon's friend "Fred"?
Did any of them find it challenging or was it just like water off a
duck's back (my guess is the latter for most of them)? Did any of them
see the light and become PCTers?

What happened, Bruce? Inquiring minds really do want to know.

O.K., here's the current status of the project:

Thus far I have coaxed six of my colleagues to sit down and run through
3CV1. I gave each a disk containing their data and a cover sheet describing
the organization of the data file and what I expected them to do. All of
them profess to be very busy at the moment but promise to work on it when
they get the chance. One told me that he briefly looked at the data via
spreadsheet but had not yet conducted any analyses. I wouldn't look for any
fireworks for a while yet, if indeed there will be any at all.

Regards,

Bruce

Tom Bourbon [950206.1119]

[From Bruce Abbott (950203.0845 EST)]

Rick Marken (950202.1946) --

. . . Did any of your colleagues act like Tom Bourbon's friend "Fred"?
Did any of them find it challenging or was it just like water off a
duck's back (my guess is the latter for most of them)? Did any of them
see the light and become PCTers?

What happened, Bruce? Inquiring minds really do want to know.

O.K., here's the current status of the project:

Thus far I have coaxed six of my colleagues to sit down and run through
3CV1. I gave each a disk containing their data and a cover sheet describing
the organization of the data file and what I expected them to do. All of
them profess to be very busy at the moment but promise to work on it when
they get the chance. One told me that he briefly looked at the data via
spreadsheet but had not yet conducted any analyses. I wouldn't look for any
fireworks for a while yet, if indeed there will be any at all.

This is going far too slowly, Bruce. Your approach to ensnaring your
colleagues leaves them too much time to wiggle free. From my past
experiences exposing novice professionals to PCT, I would recommend that
you hit them in the head with a board right at the beginning -- in the
first (and probably the only) session, let them run the task, show them the
data (replete with all sorts of counter-traditionally-intuitive
correlations), and show them how a PCT model can predict their next results
with correlations between the model and them that are >.9. Create a setting
where they get the full broadside, all at once, and encourage them to
comment and speculate, on the spot. Any other strategy invites evasion.

Just a friendly suggestion, designed to foment dicord in Indiana. :slight_smile:

Later,

Tom
Department of Neurosurgry
University of Texas Medical School-Houston Phone: 713-792-5760
6431 Fannin, Suite 7.138 Fax: 713-794-5084
Houston, TX 77030 USA tbourbon@heart.med.uth.tmc.edu