Mark Schar discussed the statistical technique called Structural Equation Modeling which is a way to quantify both latent and extant connections in a statistical model. As an example, he used the recent ASEE paper on classroom closeness. This was done using R and the relevant code is shown in the presentation. There is also a brief discussion of a recent talk by Ben Shneiderman on The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations.