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Hillary Clinton’s Biggest 2016 Rival: Herself

January 30, 2016
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Hillary Clinton’s Biggest 2016 Rival: Herself

In a recent post I noted that despite Bernie Sanders doing better in many important indicators, Obama 2008 received 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016.Reasonably, a reader of my blog noted that not all coverage was equal, that a presidential hope...

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Obama 2008 recieved 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016

January 28, 2016
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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 scheme (from 18 in 2008 with Obama to 4 in 2016 with Sanders) scheduled on days of the week least likely...

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Who are Turkopticon’s Top Contributors?

January 19, 2016
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Who are Turkopticon’s Top Contributors?

In my most recent post "Turkopticon: Defender of Amazon's Anonymous Workforce" I introduced Turkopticon, the social art project designed to provide basic tools for Amazon's massive Mechanical TURK workforce to share information about employers (requesters).Turkopticon, has a been a runaway success with nearly 285 thousands reviews submitted by over 17 thousand reviewers since its inception in...

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Turkopticon: Defender of Amazon’s Anonymous Workforce

January 16, 2016
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Turkopticon: Defender of Amazon’s Anonymous Workforce

Labor crowdsourcing is the system by which large crowds or workers contribute to a project allowing for complex and tedious tasks to be rapidly and efficiently completed. The largest labor crowdsourcing platform in the world, Amazon Mechancial TURK (Mt...

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Cause of Death: Melanin | Evaluating Death by Police Data

December 10, 2015
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Cause of Death: Melanin | Evaluating Death by Police Data

Widespread attention towards the death of black men by police has sparked protests and public outrage in many a city. Recently, the Federal Government has launched an investigation into the conduct of the entire Chicago police department. However, by p...

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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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What it means to be a US Veteran Today

November 13, 2015
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What it means to be a US Veteran Today

Six easy graphs that tell a big story:1. You represent a much small portion of the American people than veterans in the 1980s.2. You currently have the highest risk of being classified as poor for any time period since 1980. Since 2005, the rate of pov...

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The Traveling Vampire Problem

October 30, 2015
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The Traveling Vampire Problem

Let's say you are a vampire and you would like to figure out the shortest route to visit the supplenecks of N maidens. But, there is only so much time in any night!You can fly from location to location, ignoring barriers.With a few maidens, the problem...

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Diagnosing the Multilevel Marketting Trap: How MLM Survives Only through New Entrants

October 23, 2015
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Diagnosing the Multilevel Marketting Trap: How MLM Survives Only through New Entrants

Over the years I have been amazed by how many friends of mine who seem otherwise very intelligent have gotten involved in Multilevel Marketing (MLM).And, as most people who have been involved with these organizations, all of my friends involved in thes...

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Debunking Magical 9s – Numerology or Numerical Illiteracy?

October 12, 2015
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Debunking Magical 9s – Numerology or Numerical Illiteracy?

The other day one of my friends on facebook posted this video about the mystical nature of the number 9. Being a skeptical of all think hokey, I decided to experiment with numbers to see how special 9 really is.There are four claims made in the video a...

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