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Sexual Assault in the 80s and Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

September 28, 2018
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Sexual Assault in the 80s and Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

Dr. Ford’s testimony alleging that Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when she was 15 was extremely difficult to watch as she was and still is deeply traumatized by the event. Kavanaugh’s abrasive and highly rehearsed obstructionist response was even more difficult to watch. In response I decided to look at public data to see if the type...

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Strategizing Retirement Investments (In the US)

September 26, 2018
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Strategizing Retirement Investments (In the US)

Major caveat! I have no investment training or finance training and all of my calculations are back of the envelope calculations put together from what information I can gather online. In addition, given that investment planning usually spans decades, massive uncertainties exist in tax schemes and expected rate of returns. Please consult a professional! That said, as someone who has...

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Plotting the Impact of Atlantic Hurricanes on the US

September 12, 2018
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Plotting the Impact of Atlantic Hurricanes on the US

With hurricane Florence bearing down with expected to be devastating force, it might be a good time to reflect on the history of Atlantic Hurricanes on the United States. As an easy if not full proof source for hurricane data I drew on public data collated through Wikipedia's list of costliest Atlantic hurricanes as well as linked articles. On...

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Efficiently Saving and Sharing Data in R

December 1, 2016
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Efficiently Saving and Sharing Data in R

After spending a day the other week struggling to make sense of a federal data set shared in an archaic format (ASCII fixed format dat file). It is essential for the effective distribution and sharing of data that it use the minimum amount of disk space and be rapidly accessible for use by potential users. In this post I...

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Calculating Average Consumption From One Week of Purchases

April 14, 2016
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Calculating Average Consumption From One Week of Purchases

A number of large surveys have attempted to quantify consumer consumption from a limited period of time observed. This task can be fairly complex as it is fraught with potentially large difficulties directly observing who is consuming what. Rather than this expensive method some researchers have attempted to substitute more easily observed purchase patterns inferring that in general house...

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Calculating Average Consumption From One Week of Purchases

April 14, 2016
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Calculating Average Consumption From One Week of Purchases

A number of large surveys have attempted to quantify consumer consumption from a limited period of time observed. This task can be fairly complex as it is fraught with potentially large difficulties directly observing who is consuming what. Rather than this expensive method some researchers have attempted to substitute more easily observed purchase patterns inferring that in general house...

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FALSE: Clinton Funded by "Grassroots"

March 1, 2016
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FALSE: Clinton Funded by "Grassroots"

The blatant distortions of reality put forth by the Clinton campaign are so offensive as to be laughable at times. In the victory speech of Hillary Clinton in South Carolina she spent a significant portion of it talking about how her campaign is financed by "grassroots".Well, looking at the breakdown of funding for her campaign, only about 12% of...

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Overwhelming Growth In National Support for Bernie Sanders Mapped

February 25, 2016
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Overwhelming Growth In National Support for Bernie Sanders Mapped

The FEC just released the most recent campaign contributor data and the results show a strong continued widespread growth in support for Bernie Sanders across the country.Figure 1: A map of what counties and states support Bernie Sanders relative to th...

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Hillary 1993: Largest Drop in Girl Names EVER; Chelsea Distant Second

February 22, 2016
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Hillary 1993: Largest Drop in Girl Names EVER; Chelsea Distant Second

Recently, I wrote an little post that got a lot of attention and some criticism, As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90%.The attention was likely due to the large number of people who are attempting to evaluate Hillary Clinton as a viable general election candidate. These people might rightly or wrongly assume that...

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Big Business Backs Hillary: Small Bernie

February 19, 2016
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Big Business Backs Hillary: Small Bernie

Big business, lawyers, and the financial sector are the largest campaign backers of Hillary Clinton. Collectively they represent 35.5 million dollars donated to her campaign, 38% of total itemized funds donated to the Clinton campaign in 2015. Bernie Sanders on the other hand is largely backed by a diverse collection of individuals: engineers, health care workers, artists, self-employed, academics,...

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