I think we need more independent scrutiny like this--national-level regulation electricity regulation in this country is actually industry-driven--but I conclude that as a statistical exercise, the Los Alamos report falls short.
In the process of writing this, I decided to do my own analysis. So last week I downloaded the entire IMAGE magnetometer network database (scraped with Python). It's 1.8 billion data points. My laptop handled it OK. I used SQL Server, but maybe it would have been best to work directly with the raw data files the old-fashioned way.
- Harvard CollegeMathematics, 1986 - 1990
- Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationSenior Economic Advisor, 2013 - 2014
- Center for Global DevelopmentSenior Fellow, 2002 - 2013
- Worldwatch InstituteSenior Researcher, 1993 - 2001
- VietnamFulbright Scholar, 1998 - 1999Vietnam
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