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Corruption indicators in Mexico

February 18, 2010
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Corruption indicators in Mexico

As you can see there is only a slight positive correlation between the corruption index of the Mexican chapter of Transparency International and the percentage of students who cheated on the Grade 6 ENLACE test*. What I find surprising is that there is...

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Another Visualization of Unemployment

December 24, 2009
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Another Visualization of Unemployment

One of the problems with choropleths is that, as explained by Hadley Wickham in this presentation, big states tend to draw more attention because of their size, but they also tend to have a low population Density. For example, Mexico City, the capital ...

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Visualizing Unemployment in Mexico

December 22, 2009
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Visualizing Unemployment in Mexico

What has been the impact of the economic crisis on employment? And how has it affected the different regions of Mexico?To answer the questions the first step was to obtain the unemployment data from the Banco de Información Económica at the INEGI. ...

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The unmarried parenthood rate in Mexico

December 18, 2009
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The unmarried parenthood rate in Mexico

Using data from the INEGI I calculated the percentage of births who were born outside of marriage in Mexico and compared it to the Hispanic rate in the US. They are basically the same. There’s been a gigantic increase that’s slouching towards 50% a...

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Use anchoring to lose years off your age

November 21, 2008
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Use anchoring to lose years off your age

It is well known in psychology that the way a question is asked can strongly influence the answer. For example, if you spin a random number wheel and later have people guess the proportion of United Nations countries that are African, their answers clo...

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