is, and has been, controversial. I think there’s an argument to be made for a government funded census. Further, if the government, as an entity, collects information– for whatever reason– that information ought to be publicly available. Amazingly, the IRS keeps pretty good records of aggregate data down to the county level. I remind you
Here’s some background. I am in a *really* bad mood. Thus, I am looking for something stupid to call out based on its stupidity. 2017 – 1999 = 18 ! I’m pretty sure the Fahrenheit scale has been around since… for about 300 years (1784). And I’m pretty sure human beings have been keeping track
so I could read to him. https://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/ I’m just a country mouse but this cracked me up There is something called eigenvector centrality, which my friends in Natural Philosophy tell me is a bit of mathematics unlikely ever to have any practical application in the wider world LOL. Haha.
Up at Instapundit this morning. This issue is– or rather is supposed to be– that Excel changes the formatting of gene name abbreviates: You see, genes are often referred to in scientific literature by symbols — essentially shortened versions of full gene names. The gene “Septin 2” is typically shortened as SEPT2. Excel recognizes “Sept2” as
In these cases, we might use an experimental design referred to as “matching” that goes back to the philosophers Mill (1950) and Bacon (1854). –David Danks and Frederick Eberhardt, “Conceptual Problems in Statistics, Testing and Experimentation,” in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology (2009). If something in that quote just doesn’t sit well with you,
Via Powerline’s Week in Pictures
or Any Other Earth/Life Science, but I’ve been considering a few things I’d like to open up for discussion. The small brown tree frog population has exploded and I just don’t know enough about amphibian reproductive biology to say this with any authority but I think it has something to do with the lack of
I received a THIRD– 3rd– polling call today just moments ago, at 8:19pm. I understand that in a state with a population of fewer than 3M people our phone number is bound to come up more frequently in a “random” survey of voters than in, say, Ohio. But Dude. Three calls in one day? I didn’t
As I have alluded, the calculation for Heat Index– the “feels like” temperature– has associated with it a number of assumptions: All raw temperature and humidity readings are taken in the shade. There is a lower bound on both temp & humidity readings. (And, technically speaking if I’m reading the literature correctly, an upper bound
You probably think a good soaking rain shower cools things off a bit on a hot summer day, don’t you? Well, I’m here to testify that’s not always the case. When cold water hits a hot surface the properties of both the water and the surface change. Or as we like to say here in
As you know, I like numbers. Numbers are welcome here at the Farm. Some of us like them more than others, but we all like numbers to one degree or another. (Recall, Tiger’s highrise is 412 1/4… and we’re still adding on: 412 3/4 is bound to be a destination.) Every now and again an
In the last few days some so-called “conservatives” have informed me that collecting meta-data is nothing to worry about. No biggie, you libertarian-contitution-loving-reason-reading dears- bless-your-pea-pickin’ hearts. The Government just wants to keep you safe! The Government isn’t really listening to your silly phone conversations or keeping track of what looney-tune web sites you visit on
Just kidding– but I am going to Memphis! Mr. Big Food just walked in and asked, “What is the probability of drawing at least one ace and at least one ❤ in two draws from a fair deck.” And I asked, “With or without replacement?” “Without,” he said. Forget flowers and candy and jewelry, this is the
I would have been all about Victory Gardens and seeds and Martin Luther the original, MLK, Sr., and Jr. and a bit of history this weekend. But I was busy (re-)learning stuff. Check it out! “L” axes. It only took me three days to figure that out. Surprisingly, memory on data structure came back much quicker
Miss M and I really did go to Our State Capital the other day, but we didn’t stay. Daughter C and Mr. Big Food really did go to Hotlanta. Oh! What stories they brought home. (They showered upon their return, ensuring that stories were the only things they brought home.) But that was last week.
Life is pretty amazing, isn’t it? On any given day in May, June, July, August, September or October the ambient air temperature can be 98 °F or greater in Mississippi. Take a look at these 48 data points. Consider different pairs of monthly high & low records: -5 & 85 (Jan.); 54 & 107 (August).
I read somewhere that between one-third and one-half of American Colonists were either actively sympathetic to the Rule of The Crown and the status quo, or were such low information subjects that they weren’t even paying attention to Thomas Paine. How one would go about gathering data on the attitudes of folks in the 1770s
From the Preface to Junior Business Training by Frederick G. Nichols (American Book Company, New York, 1923) a text book for “boys and girls in junior high schools.” The book has two parts, the first aimed at every one, “regardless of his vocational aim.” Page 16: Cash Account. The task, as illustrated above, was to
Daughter C sent me a link to an article with some photos of crappy old stuff — no, “crappy old stuff” is reserved for stuff I like. There was nothing to like about what was pictured. The article, by one Brian Galindo, begins: Last week, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section
A bit of background about why I found this article so so so funny… .Yesterday I had occasion to learn a bit about Joseph Warren, who among other things, helped craft the Suffolk Resolves of 1774 which denounced Parliament after the Boston Tea Party. Paul Revere carried the Suffolk Resolves to the Continental Congress in