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There Is A Simple Answer For Everything And It Is Inevitably Wrong

Not long ago, I received a message on twitter from an acquaintance of mine who gave himself a particularly ironic nickname.  He commented that my discussion on the deeper meaning of the Book Of Job [1] was pointless because the … Continue reading

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The Incompetent Pollsters Of New Caledonia

Although the attention of most of the people I happen to know this week was on the election here in the United States, about which I have little that I want to say, there was another momentous election that happened … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of @ChartData

Who is @chartdata?  As someone who probably spends more time on Twitter than is probably good for me, one of the many feeds I follow is one by Chart Data that posts information about songs and albums and artists that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Attacking Poverty In The Developing World

Attacking Poverty In The Developing World:  Christian Practitioners And Academics In Collaboration, edited by Judith M. Dean, Julie Schaffner, and Stephen L.S. Smith It is unclear exactly to which audience this book is aimed.  In reading this book I found … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spurious Connections

Spurious Connections:  Correlation Does Not Equal Causation, by Tyler Vigen This is an entertaining book, but it is a book that carries with it a big point for those who are interested in aggregating data trends and taking advantage of … Continue reading

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All You Needed To Do Was Ask

One time when I went to the Tacoma Weekend, I sang a song by the band Badfinger called “Come And Get It.”  Now, I happen to be quite a fan of Badfinger as a band [1].  The song “Come And … Continue reading

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The Glory Of An Analyst Is To Analyze

Often I ponder the relationship between different fields of study.  For example, in economics there is a great divide between macroeconomics in its look at large scale aggregates and microeconomics that looks at individual firms and the decisions of people. … Continue reading

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Let Them Lead You In The Right Direction

“Follow your heart, your intuition, let them lead you in the right direction,” sang Jewel [1] on the chorus to her top 40 hit from her dance pop “sellout” album 0304 that ended up going only gold and failed to … Continue reading

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The Meeting After The Meeting Before The Meeting

Today I had only four and half hours before my last week as an hour employee ended, and I wanted to make the most of my time, so I ended up in a fair amount of meetings.  This was not … Continue reading

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Big Data, Small World

Earlier today, some friends of mine and I read and shared a rather frightening article about the use of big data to target very specific sorts of people with political advertising via social media [1].  As someone who works as … Continue reading

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