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How College Major, Field and Job Affect Annual Pay

For the best shot at a high-paying job, you should probably major in some sort of engineering. However, there's good money to be had even if you major in the arts or social sciences.

The “bounded gaps between primes” Polymath project – a retrospective

The (presumably) final article arising from the Polymath8 project has now been uploaded to the arXiv as “The “bounded gaps between primes” Polymath project – a retrospective“.  This article, submitted to the Newsletter of the European...Show More Summary

5 Reasons New Houses Are Still Getting Bigger

With America's aging, "empty nester" population, increasing environmental concerns and smaller household sizes, you might think the U.S. would want to build smaller houses. We haven't. Here are five reasons houses are still getting bigger.

Thue-Morse Sequence

Mathematicians are strange people. As an example, I offer the Thue-Morse sequence, which is a binary sequence of 0’s and 1’s that never repeats, obtained by starting with a single 0 and successively appending the binary complement of the sequence. Thus, term 0 of the sequence is (0), term 1 of the sequence is (0 […]

How Much of World’s Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Come From Agriculture?

Agriculture might seem green by definition, but farming accounts for a lot of greenhouse-gas emissions when the entire food production system is taken into account.

“An exact fishy test”

Macartan Humphreys supplied this amusing demo. Just click on the link and try it—it’s fun! Here’s an example: I came up with 10 random numbers: > round(.5+runif(10)100) [1] 56 23 70 83 29 74 23 91 25 89 and entered them into Macartan’s...Show More Summary

STOC 2015 Deadline: Nov 4, 2014

Via Ronitt Rubinfeld comes word that the STOC 2015 CFP is out.Submission deadline: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 3:59pm ESTConference: June 14-17 2015, Portland, Oregon (part of FCRC)

Migrating blog

We’re migrating to a new server, so please hold your comments for a few days, as they could be lost during the transition. Thanks for your patience. The post Migrating blog appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

How College Football Teams Choose Opponents

College football teams, which are divided into conferences loosely by geographic region, play 12 games each season. The conferences arrange eight or nine games for each of their member teams, and those tend to be the tougher contests. Show More Summary

Have College Football Games Become More Lopsided?

Analysis of 40 years of college football games in which top-ranked programs played teams outside their conferences shows that the elite teams have been winning those games, which they schedule themselves, by wider and wider margins.

Marriage and Divorce, Ebola and College Football (Statshot)

College graduates are more likely to get married--and stay that way, Ebola kills roughly half of the people diagnosed with it, and college quarterbacks throw many more passes now.

College Enrollment Peaked in 2011

Total college enrollment decreased by nearly a half-million students in 2013 from a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data released today, making this the second year with such a drop.

MA206 Program Director’s Memorandum

A couple years ago I gave a talk at West Point. It was fun. The students are all undergraduates, and most of the instructors were just doing the job for two years or so between other assignments. The permanent faculty were focused on teaching and organizing the curriculum. Show More Summary

Blum’s Mental Hash

[ I had trouble with WordPress last evening, so I didn't get this exercise written properly; twice it knocked me out as I was writing. I'll try to give a proper write-up later today. ] Your task today is to implement Manuel Blum’s mental hashing algorithm, available here, for mapping a web site name to […]

Free Stan T-shirt to the first “little twerp” who does a (good) Bayesian analysis of Jon Lee Anderson’s height

I’d like to see a Stan implementation of the analysis presented in this comment by Gary from a year and a half ago. The post Free Stan T-shirt to the first “little twerp” who does a (good) Bayesian analysis of Jon Lee Anderson’s height appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

“Derek Jeter was OK”

Tom Scocca files a bizarrely sane column summarizing the famous shortstop’s accomplishments: Derek Jeter was an OK ballplayer. He was pretty good at playing baseball, overall, and he did it for a pretty long time.... You have to be good at baseball to last 20 seasons in the major leagues... Show More Summary

Waic for time series

Helen Steingroever writes: I’m currently working on a model comparison paper using WAIC, and would like to ask you the following question about the WAIC computation: I have data of one participant that consist of 100 sequential choices (you can think of these data as being a time series). Show More Summary

Derived multiplicative functions

Analytic number theory is often concerned with the asymptotic behaviour of various arithmetic functions: functions or from the natural numbers to the real numbers or complex numbers. In this post, we will focus on the purely algebraic properties of these functions, and for reasons that will become clear later, it will be convenient to […]

Study published in 2011, followed by successful replication in 2003 [sic]

This one is like shooting fish in a barrel but sometimes the job just has to be done.... The paper is by Daryl Bem, Patrizio Tressoldi, Thomas Rabeyron, and Michael Duggan, it’s called “Feeling the Future: A Meta-Analysis of 90 Experiments...Show More Summary

Arguesian Lattices

As is well-known, the lattice of submodules of a module is modular. What I did not know is that the converse is not true, and that lattices of submodules must satisfy a stronger property, the arguesian law. The Arguesian law … Continue reading ?

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