Applied Statistics

Archives for April, 2010

See discussion here. I’ve linked to it from here because ScienceBlogger and investigative journalist Tim Lambert has written some on the topic.

Random matrices in the news

Mark Buchanan wrote a cover article for the New Scientist on random matrices, a heretofore obscure area of probability theory that his headline writer characterizes as “the deep law that shapes our reality.” It’s interesting stuff, and he gets into some statistical applications at the end, so I’ll give you my take on it. But…

Felix Salmon comments on a report that econ czar Larry Summers is likely to be leaving the government: But if it’s true, where is he leaving to? . . . “Wall Street consulting” is probably a polite way of saying “a return to DE Shaw”, which happily paid Larry $5 million for one year of…

Conservatives for Hillary?

John discusses an argument by Bruce Bartlett that it made sense for conservatives to support Hillary Clinton in 2008, based on the following reasoning: Surveying the political landscape, I [Barttlett] didn’t think the Republican candidate, whoever it might be, was very likely to win against whoever the Democratic candidate might be. Therefore I concluded that…

Sociologists Dalton Conley and Emily Rauscher claim: Using nationally-representative data from the [1994] General Social Survey, we [Conley and Rauscher] find that female offspring induce more conservative political identification. We hypothesize that this results from the change in reproductive fitness strategy that daughters may evince. But economists Andrew Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee have found the…

A few months ago, Yu-Sung and I summarized some survey results from the 1993-1996 General Social Survey. 56% of respondents said they attended an amateur or professional sports event” during the past twelve months, and it turned out that they were quite a bit more Republican than other Americans but not much different in their…