We're having problem with starting values in glm(). A very simple logistic regression with just an intercept with a very simple starting value (beta=5) blows up....

We're having problem with starting values in glm(). A very simple logistic regression with just an intercept with a very simple starting value (beta=5) blows up....

Matthew Yglesias shares this graph from the Economist: I hate this graph. OK, sure, I don't hate hate hate hate it: it's not a 3-d exploding pie chart or anything. It's not misleading, it's just extremely difficult to read. Basically,...

By popular demand, here's my R script for the time-use graphs:...

Matthew Yglesias discusses how West Virginia used to be a Democratic state but is now solidly Republican. I thought it would be helpful to expand this to look at trends since 1948 (rather than just 1988) and all 50 states...

A couple people pointed me to this recent news article which discusses "why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older." Here's the story: When people start out on adult life, they are, on average, pretty cheerful. Things... ...

par (mar=c(3,3,2,1), mgp=c(2,.7,0), tck=-.01) Thank you....

Jaidev Deshpande writes: The World Economic Forum recently posed a data visualization problem. The dataset is a survey of experts from the so called "Agenda Councils" of the WEF. Here are the details. The dataset primarily contains the experts...

After our recent discussion of semigraphic displays, Jay Ulfelder sent along a semigraphic table from his recent book. He notes, "When countries are the units of analysis, it's nice that you can use three-letter codes, so all the proper names....

Our "arm" package in R requires Doug Bates's "lme4" which fits multilevel models. lme4 is currently having some problems on the Mac. But installation on the Mac can be done; it just takes a bit of work. I have two...

Mandelbrot on taxonomy (from 1955; the first publication about fractals that I know of): Searching for Mandelbrot on the blog led me to Akaike, who also recently passed away and also did interesting early work on self-similar stochastic proces...