Monthly Archives: October 2013

Because Science Got Bigger

“Both inside the humanities and outside, people feel that the intellectual firepower in the universities is in the sciences, that the important issues that people of all sorts care about, like inequality and climate change, are being addressed not in … Continue reading

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Assess a Coffee Shop in One to Fifteen Seconds

I’m a coffee snob. Bad coffee tastes like garbage and I don’t like the idea of chaining cups together to dodge the caffeine hangover. So I’m perfectly happy with nothing unless I can get an outstanding cup of joe. In fact, … Continue reading

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Problems that Bug Me: The n-1 Correction for Sample Variance

Let me start with an easy example that everyone starts with in stats: we want to know how variable height is in the population of humans. We can’t measure the height of all humans so we gather up the few … Continue reading

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Addicted to… something

Still entrenched in the CrossFit culture of deplete, endure, repeat, she quieted the alarms and stoically pressed on to go to work. It didn’t take long to realize she not only couldn’t bend her arms, they also had no strength. … Continue reading

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How Insurance Companies Die

If you’re curious, follow the news about Tower Group. Here’s David Merkel’s take: As an analyst of insurance stocks, I was always skeptical of Tower Group for three reasons: The acquisitive nature of Tower Group. The rapid growth in premiums, … Continue reading

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Toughest Accountant On Earth

Juan Manuel Marquez, a one-day Hall of Fame Boxer: “I would run in the mornings, then work my 9 to 5 accounting job, and then to the legendary Romanza Gym to do my boxing work to prepare for my fights. … Continue reading

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