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Stadium / home team effects in making field goals

February 13, 2013
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Stadium / home team effects in making field goals

We take on a reader question of whether the stadium / home team matters for making a field goal. We pulled up the data on every field goal since 2002 (over 10,000) of them and plotted the probability of scoring as a function of the stadium in which the field goal was kicked. The post Stadium / home...

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Football geeks: your 10,705 field goals are ready

January 28, 2013
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Football geeks: your 10,705 field goals are ready

We looked at NFL punts before on Decision Science News. That's old news. Field goals are the new hotness, and Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, so let's look at a kicker's chances. We've taken the same data set and looked at a kicker's chances of getting the ball through the uprights depending on the yard line the kick is...

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Every NFL punt since 2002

January 9, 2013
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Every NFL punt since 2002

The site reddit told us about data on every single NFL (U.S. National Football League) play since 2002. We read it in and did an analysis of punting. The results are beautiful. The post Every NFL punt since 2002 appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Even more Microsoft Postdocs

December 18, 2012
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Even more Microsoft Postdocs

Microsoft Research NYC seeks outstanding applicants for 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions. We welcome applicants with a strong academic record in one of the following areas: * Computational social science: http://research.microsoft.com/cssnyc * Online experimental social science: http://research.microsoft.com/oess_nyc * Algorithmic economics and market design: http://research.microsoft.com/algorithmic-economics/ * Machine learning: http://research.microsoft.com/mlnyc/ The post Even more Microsoft Postdocs appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science

December 10, 2012
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Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science

Microsoft Research NYC seeks outstanding applicants with strong quantitative and programming skills for a postdoctoral researcher position in the area of online experimental social science. Deadline for Full Consideration: January 11, 2013 The post Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Follow-up: So … daylight savings time does not minimize variance in sunrises

December 3, 2012
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Follow-up: So … daylight savings time does not minimize variance in sunrises

Last week we posted a nice theory about daylight savings time, in particular, that its dates were chosen to reduce variance in the time of sunrise. It looked plausible from the graph. We were talking to our Microsoft Research colleague Jake Hofman who suggested "why don't you just find the optimal dates to change the clock by one hour?" So...

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The housing bubble: Where are we?

July 25, 2012
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The housing bubble: Where are we?

Last spring we looked at the state of the housing bubble in the US. The question of readers' minds then was "where is it going next"? It's been more than a year, so let's have a look, above. The post The housing bubble: Where are we? appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Time-based internet advertising

July 20, 2012
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Time-based internet advertising

Last week it was announced that Facebook is rotating its ads after a certain time of exposure. Sid Suri, Preston McAfee, and Dan Goldstein's research may have been the source of this idea. In 2011 and 2012 the trio published a couple papers putting for and improving the idea. The post Time-based internet advertising appeared first on Decision Science...

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How to square numbers in your head

March 2, 2012
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How to square numbers in your head

MENTALLY MULTIPLY NUMBERS BY THEMSELVES Assume you know your multiplication tables up to 10x10. Here's how to compute the squares of numbers from 11 to 100.

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Some code to help you remember numbers

January 17, 2012
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Some code to help you remember numbers

Two posts ago we showed you the digit sound system for remembering numbers. This week we provide two computer programs to help you create mnemonics.

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