Articles by Posts | Jacob Simmering

Wordle Words and Expected Value

January 8, 2022 | Posts | Jacob Simmering

Like many people, I’ve gotten sucked into wordle. For those unfamiliar with the game, you are tasked with identifying a five-letter word. You input a guess (which must be a five-letter word) and are told whether each letter in your guess is: not...
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COVID Counterfactual

March 1, 2021 | Posts | Jacob Simmering

I was discussing the effect of the Trump being President during the bulk of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. My friend believes that Trump had a significant negative effect on the course of the pandemic in the United States. Meanwhile, I think that Trump was not helpful but ...
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Can I safely see Grandma?

February 15, 2021 | Posts | Jacob Simmering

Grandma has gotten her COVID-19 vaccine and is a few weeks out from the second shot in the series. Now everyone wants to know: can I safely see my Grandma? The New York Times says it is probably safe but should be done outside and with masks. Experts elsewhere have ...
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