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On The Timing Of Charts

As I note from time to time, I spend a great deal of time pondering and analyzing music charts and their statistics, and have done so for a very long time.  Fairly frequently throughout the week I will note updates … Continue reading

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The Effect Of The Rules Of Postponement On The Timing Of Passover And The Feast Of Weeks: A Preliminary Investigation

One of the hazards of being someone who is at least moderately a data nerd is the fact that questions tend to become opportunities for research.  Recently I was chatting with one of our congregation’s deacons as well as with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Black Swan

Black Swan:  The Impact Of The Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Unknown unknowns have long been a problem in human understanding, and with this toughtful extended personal essay from the insightful Taleb I have now read all of the … Continue reading

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Is That Country Enough For You: Old Town Road And The Gatekeeper Problem

From time to time I write about the problem of gatekeeping and some of the finesse it requires and some of the controversies that result from it [1].  As long as there is prestige to be gained for being “in” … 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 Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings: The Eagles vs. Michael Jackson

As someone who writes a fair amount relating to the subject of music history, including the classic rock of the 1970’s [1], I am very familiar with the music of the Eagles.  It would be hard not to be familiar … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Account Of The Manner In Which Sentences Of Penal Servitude Are Carried Out In England

An Account of the Manner in Which Sentences of Penal Servitude Are Carried Out in England, by Edmund F. Du Cane I must admit that when I read this book I had never heard of Edmund F. Du Cane before.  Although … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rationality And The Analysis Of International Conflict

Rationality And The Analysis Of International Conflict, by Michael Nicholson It ought to come as little surprise that this book is not strictly rational in its approach.  It is clear that this author has an agenda to push, and manages … Continue reading

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The Law Of Small Numbers

I spent most of yesterday where I ended the night before.  Spending an enjoyable day in the company of friends (including at least a little time in the evening with some of those I had eaten dinner with on Saturday … 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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