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IQ trade-off on the academic Hotness scale…

Posted on: March 26, 2017

The hotness-IQ tradeoff in academia

SANJAY SRIVASTAVA posted this SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

(This repost was selected as one of the hot posts)

The other day I came across a blog post ranking academic fields by hotness. Important data for sure. But something about it was gnawing on me for a while, some connection I wasn’t quite making.

And then it hit me. The rankings looked an awful lot like another list I’d once seen of academic fields ranked by intelligence.

Only, you know, upside-down.

Sure enough, when I ran the correlation among the fields that appear on both lists, it came out atr = -.45. (No correlation whatsoever?)

hotness-iq

I don’t know what this means, but it seems important. Maybe a mathematician or computer scientist can help me understand it.

Note: Is IQ score related to ability to model relationships? To comprehend models, from math equations, graphs, anything connected to quantifying data or designing experiment?

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