Emil Ole William Kirkegaard Polymath scientist, maybe

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Interests

My interests are very broad, but for the moment I am mainly focused on psychology, sociology, statistics and programming. A non-exhaustive list of areas of interest can be seen below. I have ranked them roughly by current interest level.

  • Psychology
    • Cognitive abilities
    • Personality
    • Behavioral genetics
    • Evolutionary psychology
    • Nootropics
  • Programming/computer science
    • R
    • Interactive visualizations
    • Automatic analysis methods
    • Machine learning
    • Data scraping
    • Text mining
  • Biology
    • Population genetics
    • Evolutionary biology
  • Open science
  • Statistics
    • Meta-analysis
    • Statistical errors and fallacies, publication bias, p-hacking etc.
    • Spatial statistics
  • Political theory
    • Democractic systems
  • Linguistics
    • Spelling systems (focus on Danish)
    • Language planning/reform
  • Game studies/ludology
    • DOTA 2
    • RTS-type games
  • Evidence-based policies
    • Immigration
    • Civil rights
    • Drug policy
    • Intellectual 'property'/monopolies (copyright, patents, trademarks)
    • Seasteading
  • Philosophy
    • Philosophy of science
    • Formal and informal logic
    • Philosophy of language
    • Metaethics and ethics
    • Transhumanism
    • Metaphysics of logic

Projects

Due to my diverse interests I have many on-going projects in various stages of completion and seriousness. The list below mentions some of the larger ones.

  • OpenPsych

    An open access, free-to-publish, data-sharing, open peer review metajournal right now focusing on differential psychology and behavioral genetics but we will expand.

  • The general socioeconomic factor (S factor)

    An on-going research project into the general factor of socioeconomic inequality at various levels of analysis: countries and various administrative divisions within countries, immigrants classified by country of origin, persons classified by first or last names, and so on. The most pressing concern is writing a review article summarizing the many studies I have carried out so far.

  • Spatial transferability hypothesis

    An on-going research project in collaboration with John Fuerst into the psychological traits of immigrants and socioeconomic outcomes in relationship to their countries of origin. So far research strongly confirms that immigrant performance is predicted by country of origin variables. The most pressing concern is writing a review article of the already large body of research.

  • Understanding statistics through interactive visualizations

    An on-going series of interactive visualizations made with Shiny that explain and illustrate statistical concepts.

  • The OKCupid project

    OKCupid contains thousands of user-generated questions used for matching persons. Since these answers are public they can be gathered automatically. Since late 2014 we have been scraping the data form OKCupid and currently have a database of some 70,000 unique users and their answers to approximately 2000 questions as well as demographic information. Currently unpublished.

  • Lyddansk


    A website arguing the benefits of spelling reform with a focus on Danish (in Danish).

  • Legaliser.nu


    A website arguing the benefits of legalization of psychoactive drugs (in Danish).

Publications

Since there are high costs in time, and sometimes money as well, associated with publishing in pre-publication review journals and in many cases a relatively small benefit aside from reputational gain, I often publish in outlets with no prior review.

The list below contains my more formal publications and is sortable in various ways. To be notified in case of new publications, follow me on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

Title Author(s) Type Outlet Pre-publication review Date Sole author First author Last author
Lyddansk Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Book None 0 2010-10-01 1 0 0
Omtale af ekstremisme i danske medier i årene 2003-2013: En kvatitativ analyse Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper None 0 2013-10-26 1 0 0
Predicting Immigrant IQ from their Countries of Origin, and Lynn's National IQs: A Case Study from Denmark Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Mankind Quarterly 1 2013-12-31 1 0 0
Criminality and fertility among Danish immigrant populations Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-03-24 1 0 0
Criminality among Norwegian immigrant populations Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-04-04 1 0 0
Do National IQs Predict U.S. Immigrant Cognitive Ability and Outcomes? An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshman John Fuerst, Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-04-12 0 0 1
The genetic correlation between educational attainment, intracranial volume and IQ is due to recent polygenic selection on general cognitive ability Davide Piffer, Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Behavioral Genetics 1 2014-04-12 0 0 1
Semantic discussions of intelligence and the (un)importance of the study of race and g: A comment on Hunt and Jaeggi (2013) Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Commentary Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-04-17 1 0 0
Educational attainment, income, use of social benefits, crime rate and the general socioeconomic factor among 71 immigrant groups in Denmark. Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, John Fuerst Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-05-12 0 1 0
Are Headstart gains on the g factor?: A meta-analysis Jan te Nijenhuis, Birthe Jongeneel-Grimen and Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Intelligence 1 2014-07-01 0 0 1
The international general socioeconomic factor: Factor analyzing international rankings Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-09-08 1 0 0
Crime, income, educational attainment and employment among immigrant groups in Norway and Finland Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-10-09 1 0 0
The personal Jensen coefficient does not predict grades beyond its association with g Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2014-10-30 1 0 0
Increasing inequality in general intelligence and socioeconomic status as a result of immigration in Denmark 1980-2014 Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Bo Tranberg Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2015-03-04 0 1 0
S and G in Italian regions: Re-analysis of Lynn's data and new data Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-05 1 0 0
Examining the S factor in US states Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-11 1 0 0
The S factor in China Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-05 1 0 0
Indian states: G and S factors Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-18 1 0 0
Strong negative relationship between population-level general intelligence and ADHD genetic factors inferred from allele frequencies Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-11 0 0 1
International differences in intelligence can be confusing: A commentary on Harrison et al (2015) Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-18 1 0 0
Spearman's hypothesis on item-level data from Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices: A replication and extension Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-23 1 0 0
The S factor in the British Isles: A reanalysis of Lynn (1979) Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-28 1 0 0
Automatic testing of all possible multiple regression models given a set of predictors Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-12 1 0 0
Opinions about nuclear energy and global warming, and wordsum intelligence Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-03-15 1 0 0
Examining the S factor in Mexican states Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-04-19 1 0 0
Finding mixed cases in exploratory factor analysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-04-29 1 0 0
The S factor in Brazilian states Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-04-30 1 0 0
Admixture in the Americas: Can racial ancestry predict cognitive ability and socioeconomic outcomes? Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, John Fuerst Conference presentation London Conference of Intelligence 2015 1 2015-05-09 0 1 0
Immigration in Denmark and Norway Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Conference presentation London Conference of Intelligence 2014 1 2014-04-26 1 0 0
An S factor among census tracts of Boston Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-05-29 1 0 0
Why do persons from higher mean IQ populations do better even after selection? Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Commentary The Winnower 0 2015-05-12 1 0 0
What is a good name? The S factor in Denmark at the name-level Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Bo Tranberg Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-06-03 0 1 0
Immigrant GPA in Danish primary school is predictable from country-level variables Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2015-06-04 1 0 0
A replication of the S factor among US states Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-06-25 1 0 0
IQ and socioeconomic development across Regions of the UK: a reanalysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-06-26 1 0 0
Validating a Danish translation of the International Cognitive Ability Resource sample test and Cognitive Reflection Test in a student sample Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Oliver Nordbjerg Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2015-07-31 0 1 0
Polygenic scores, genetic engineering, validity of GWAS results across major racial groups and the Piffer method Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Commentary The Winnower 0 2015-09-30 1 0 0
Crime among Dutch immigrant groups is predictable from country-level variables Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2015-10-03 1 0 0
Some methods for measuring and correcting for spatial autocorrelation Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper The Winnower 0 2015-10-20 1 0 0
IQ and Socioeconomic Variables in French Departements: Reanalysis and New Data Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Mankind Quarterly 1 2015-12-01 1 0 0
Inequality among 32 London Boroughs: An S factor analysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science 1 2016-01-26 1 0 0
Admixture in the Americas: Regional and National Differences John Fuerst, Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Mankind Quarterly 1 2016-03-14 0 0 1
The Genealogy of Differences in the Americas John Fuerst, Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Mankind Quarterly 1 2016-03-14 0 0 1
Inequality across prefectures in Japan: An S factor analysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science 1 2016-04-06 1 0 0
Country of origin and use of social benefits: A pilot study of stereotype accuracy in Denmark Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Julius D. Bjerrekær Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2016-04-18 0 1 0
Biogeographic Ancestry and Socioeconomic Outcomes in the Americas: a Meta-analysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Mingrui Wang, John Fuerst Conference presentation London Conference of Intelligence 2016 1 2016-05-14 0 1 0
Inequality across US counties: an S factor analysis Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science 1 2016-05-23 1 0 0
Inequality in the United States: Ethnicity, Racial Admixtureand Environmental Causes Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, John Fuerst Research paper Mankind Quarterly 1 2016-06-11 0 1 0
ICAR5: design and validation of a 5-item public domain cognitive ability test Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Julius D. Bjerrekær Research paper Open Differential Psychology 1 2016-07-11 0 1 0
The OKCupid dataset: a very large open dataset of dating site users Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Julius D. Bjerrekær Conference presentation ISIR conference 2016 (Saint Petersburg) 1 2016-07-15 0 1 0
Does sub-European genomic ancestry predict outcomes for US states? Emil O. W. Kirkegaard Research paper Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science 1 2016-09-12 1 0 0