Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

The Simple Reason Sanders Is Winning

February 13, 2016
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The Simple Reason Sanders Is Winning

Sanders has way more backers across the United States (with the possible exception of the South). Hillary Clinton might be doing well at the polls. However, the shocking fact of polling is that only 8-9% of those asked to participate in polls combined ...

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Analysis: Clinton backed by Big Money: Sanders by Small

February 9, 2016
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Analysis: Clinton backed by Big Money: Sanders by Small

This article examines FEC data in depth and finds what most people already know. Hillary Clinton's presidential bid is financed largely through a relatively small quantity of big donors while Bernie Sanders' presidential bid is funded by numerous small donors.In order to do our analysis, we look at four hundred thousand individualized contributions reported to the FEC at the end of the 2015 year. These contributions are only reported for…

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As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90%

February 1, 2016
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As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90%

In this article I examine the dramatic drop in the popularity of naming babies "Hillary" beginning at the start of President Bill Clinton's term. In order to understand the context of that drop, I look at the popularity of the first names of other Firs...

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Obama 2008 received 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016

January 28, 2016
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Obama 2008 received 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016

Many supporters of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have claimed that there is a media blackout in which Bernie Sanders has been for whatever reason blocked from communicating his campaign message. Combined with a dramatically cut democratic debate ...

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Where but when and why: deaths of journalism

January 26, 2016
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Where but when and why: deaths of journalism

On Twitter, someone pointed me to the following map of journalists who were killed between 1993 and 2015. I wasn't sure if the person who posted this liked or disliked this graphic. We see a clear metaphor of gunshots and...

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Egregious chart brings back bad memories

November 19, 2015
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Egregious chart brings back bad memories

My friend Alberto Cairo said it best: if you see bullshit, say "bullshit!" He was very incensed by this egregious "infographic": (link to his post) Emily Schuch provided a re-visualization: The new version provides a much richer story of how...

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The Unreported War On America’s Poor

November 18, 2015
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The Unreported War On America’s Poor

The Democratic firebrand Bernie Sander's keeps harping on this point about income inequality in the United States, yet I have to wonder, how bad is it really and do we care?First off, there is a legitimate reason to ask, if we should care. After all, t...

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Propublica is on a roll

September 22, 2015
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Really enjoying Propublica pieces lately. There are several articles about topics of great interest to me, and those who read my books will be familiar with these themes. My favorite is an article that speaks a truth about data projects -- much as we sweat about data collection, data integrity and statistical models, the true challenge is in persuading the rest of the world to adopt our endproducts. The title…

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Statbusters: What the experiments on rigging elections via Google tell us

September 21, 2015
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For this week's Statbusters (link), we opine on that astounding report from a few weeks ago about how Google could manipulate the next elections by biasing search results. We walk you through our vetting process, starting with face validity ("the magnitude of the reported effect is too large to be believed!"). The crux of the article is about the experimental design. You start with a group of people who have…

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Rethinking the index data, with modesty and clarity in mind

September 9, 2015
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Rethinking the index data, with modesty and clarity in mind

I discussed the rose chart used in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report last week. This type of data is always challenging to visualize. One should start with an objective. If the goal is a data dump, that is to...

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