Posts Tagged ‘ Political Science ’

The bejeezus

February 5, 2016
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The bejeezus

Tova Perlmutter writes of a recent online exchange: Person A posted: In light of the Iowa caucuses today, something really bothered me on the news last night. A woman was interviewed, and she said that she supported Trump because, and I quote, ‘he says what we’re ALL thinking.’ Do people really think that his views […] The post The bejeezus appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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Ted Cruz angling for a position in the Stanford poli sci department

January 31, 2016
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Ted Cruz angling for a position in the Stanford poli sci department

In an amusing alignment of political and academic scandals, presidential candidate Ted Cruz was blasted for sending prospective voters in the Iowa Caucus this misleading mailer: Which reminds me of the uproar two years ago when a couple of Stanford political science professors sent prospective Montana voters this misleading mailer: I don’t know which is […] The post Ted Cruz angling for a position in the Stanford poli sci department…

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One quick tip for building trust in missing-data imputations?

January 22, 2016
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Peter Liberman writes: I’m working on a paper that, in the absence of a single survey that measured the required combination of variables, analyzes data collected by separate, uncoordinated Knowledge Networks surveys in 2003. My co-author (a social psychologist who commissioned one of the surveys) and I obtained from KN unique id numbers for all […] The post One quick tip for building trust in missing-data imputations? appeared first on…

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Unz Ivy Stats Flashback

January 15, 2016
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Unz Ivy Stats Flashback

This news story reminded me of some threads from a few years ago about Ron Unz, the political activist who wrote a statistics-filled article a few years ago claiming that Harvard and other Ivy League colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans and in favor of Jews in undergraduate admissions. It turned out that some of his numbers […] The post Unz Ivy Stats Flashback appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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“Journalistic lapses at the New York Times should, in effect, count triple”

December 22, 2015
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“Journalistic lapses at the New York Times should, in effect, count triple”

Palko, writing about the latest Judith Miller Matt Apuzzo, Michael Schmidt, and Julia Preston story: There is no publication in the country, perhaps even in the world, with a reputation like that of the New York Times. It is almost universally considered the standard for American newspapers. For that reason, I would argue that journalistic […] The post “Journalistic lapses at the New York Times should, in effect, count triple”…

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LaCour and Green 1, This American Life 0

December 16, 2015
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A couple days after listening to the segment where This American Life got conned by Mars One, I happened to listen to the This American Life segment on LaCour and Green. LaCour didn’t appear on the show but Green did. Wow, Ira Glass really got scammed. But it was a pretty elaborate con; LaCour not […] The post LaCour and Green 1, This American Life 0 appeared first on Statistical…

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Syllabus for my course on design and analysis of sample surveys

December 4, 2015
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Here’s last year’s course plan. Maybe I’ll change it a bit, haven’t decided yet. The course number is Political Science 4365, and it’s also cross-listed in Statistics. The post Syllabus for my course on design and analysi...

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Why are we such a litigious society?

December 3, 2015
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Why are we such a litigious society?

As a European, I’ve always been fascinated by how trivial and common-sense matters end up in courts. I’ve been less fascinated and more annoyed by the piles of forms and disclaimers everywhere. Finally, annoyance takes over any kind of fascination faced with the medical bills – often so high because of lawsuit-protecting insurance. As Paul H. […] The post Why are we such a litigious society? appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Garry is 50 years old. He is a chess player who is also active in a political movement.

December 2, 2015
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Garry is 50 years old.  He is a chess player who is also active in a political movement.

You all know about Linda, that now-retired bank teller who back in the 1970s was active in the feminist movement. Even if she never had any formal political experience before this activity, Linda might well have had a talent for politics. Garry is in the opposite situation: he’s had several political opportunities since his rise […] The post Garry is 50 years old. He is a chess player who is…

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“iPredict to close after Govt refuses anti-money laundering law exemption”

November 26, 2015
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Richard Barker points us to an update on ipredict, the New Zealand political prediction market. From the news article by Hamish Rutherford: The site, run by Victoria University of Wellington’s commercialisation arm, VicLink, issued a statement to its website and on Twitter on Thursday. According to the iPredict statement, Associate Justice Minister Simon Bridges refused […] The post “iPredict to close after Govt refuses anti-money laundering law exemption” appeared first…

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