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Trump and Clinton Supporters Agree on Relative Morality ... Mostly
When looking at the endless scandals swirling around the heads of the two rival candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it can seem like the two candidates are equally tainted. Many people throw up their hands pleading for some other option. How can we...
When looking at the endless scandals swirling around the heads of the two rival candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it can seem like the two candidates are equally tainted. Many people throw up their hands pleading f...
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Calculating Average Consumtion From One Week of Purchases
A number of large surveys have attempted to quantify consumer consumption from a limited period of time observed. This task can be fairly complex as it is fraught with potentially large difficulties directly observing who is consuming what. Rather than this...
A number of large surveys have attempted to quantify consumer consumption from a limited period of time observed. This task can be fairly complex as it is fraught with potentially large difficulties directly observing who i...
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Clinton's Lack of Public Support Made up by Super-PACs
Hillary Clinton, with only $30 million raised in February far below the $43 million raised by her rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton is falling desperately short of public backing. Fortunately, she has friends in high places. These friends are increasing their b...
Hillary Clinton, with only $30 million raised in February far below the $43 million raised by her rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton is falling desperately short of public backing. Fortunately, she has friends in high places. Thes...
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FALSE: Clinton's Funded by "Grassroots"
The blatant distortions of reality put forth by the Clinton campaign are so offensive as to be laughable at times. In the victory speech of Hillary Clinton in South Carolina she spent a significant portion of it talking about how her campaign is financed by...
The blatant distortions of reality put forth by the Clinton campaign are so offensive as to be laughable at times. In the victory speech of Hillary Clinton in South Carolina she spent a significant portion of it talking about...
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Overwhelming Growth In National Support for Benie Sanders Mapped
The FEC just released the most recent campaign contributor data and the results show a strong continued widespread growth in support for Bernie Sanders across the country. Figure 1: A map of what counties and states support Bernie Sanders relative to that o...
The FEC just released the most recent campaign contributor data and the results show a strong continued widespread growth in support for Bernie Sanders across the country. Figure 1: A map of what counties and states support B...
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Big Business Backs Hillary: Small Bernie
Big business, lawyers, and the financial sector are the largest campaign backers of Hillary Clinton. Collectively they represent 35.5 million dollars donated to her campaign, 38% of total itemized funds donated to the Clinton campaign in 2015. Bernie Sander...
Big business, lawyers, and the financial sector are the largest campaign backers of Hillary Clinton. Collectively they represent 35.5 million dollars donated to her campaign, 38% of total itemized funds donated to the Clinton...
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For Whom Will the Michigan Mitt Swing?
Tomorrow, March 8th, Michigan with 130 delegates gets to vote one which of the Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders should be the Democratic presidential nominee. Michigan is an important state because is represents a large number of del...
Tomorrow, March 8th, Michigan with 130 delegates gets to vote one which of the Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders should be the Democratic presidential nominee. Michigan is an important state because is ...
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Prediction: 64% Sanders Wins Majority of Pledged Deligates
There are many ways so predict the future. All of them have a fair degree of uncertainty. Nate Silver at FiveThityEight uses a measure of ethnicity and political leanings to predict how well Sanders will do in different states. This seems like a sound metho...
There are many ways so predict the future. All of them have a fair degree of uncertainty. Nate Silver at FiveThityEight uses a measure of ethnicity and political leanings to predict how well Sanders will do in different state...
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Clinton Many More Rich Supporters Than All Other Candidates Combined
With over 26,600 supporters giving at or above the federal individual contribution maximum of $2,700, Hillary Clinton far exceeds the number of contributions by wealthy donors than any other candidate (Table 1: Huge). No only that but the number of huge con...
With over 26,600 supporters giving at or above the federal individual contribution maximum of $2,700, Hillary Clinton far exceeds the number of contributions by wealthy donors than any other candidate (Table 1: Huge). No only...
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Largest Drop in "Hillary" Babies Ever; "Chelsea" Second Largest
Recently, I wrote an little post that got a lot of attention and some criticism, As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90% . The attention was likely due to the large number of people who are attempting to evaluate ...
Recently, I wrote an little post that got a lot of attention and some criticism, As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90%. The attention was likely due to the large number of people ...
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Hillary Clinton is playing a dangerous game: How her anti-Bernie talking...
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As her lead in the primary widens, Clinton seems to be moving back toward the center. This could be a huge mistake

1.2 Millions Deaths by Ebola projected within Six Months?
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The World Health Organization, Samaratins Purse, Doctors Without Borders, and other international medical emergency relief programs are desp

Shiny 0.8.0 released; Yihui Xie joins RStudio
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We’re very pleased to announce Shiny 0.8.0 (which actually went up on CRAN about two weeks ago). This release features a vastly better way t

Be Counter Cultural
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Be Counter Cultural. Reject the societal norm in which greed is good. Selfishness and individuality obsessive. Stand against the grain of a

The Time Machine
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The Time Traveller, a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time, builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 80

ThinkNum – A new interactive public database and graphing tool!
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Thinknum.com is a new free data service similar to Quandl.com in that they organize and list publicly available data sets. Currently they ar

Export R Results Tables to Excel – Please don’t kick me out of your club
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This post is written as a result of finding the following exchange on one of the R mailing lists:Is-there-a-way-to-export-regression-output-

Shiny + Concerto = YES !!!
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So I have finally gotten beta access to the two most powerful R controlled web application makers in existence and produced very exciting ex

Statisticians and computer scientists – if there is no code, there is no...
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I think it has been beat to death that the incentives in academia lean heavily toward producing papers and less toward producing/maintaining

End Piracy, Not Liberty – Google
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Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills bef

Benchmarking Machine Learning Models Using Simulation
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What is the objective of most data analysis? One way I think about it is that we are trying to discover or approximate what is really going

Tit for Tat - Axelrod tournament style competitive simulation
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# I have been reading the Moral Animal by Robert Wright and it has gotten me interested in putting together a simulation which is modeled af

Basement to Office
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Dear Readers, I have long been somewhat unhappy with my desk/office situation despite owning a reasonably large house. My room is quite siza

poderopedia
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Redes de Poder en la Política y Negocios

US Daily Gun Deaths R Animation - Sandy Hook
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R script # Listenning to NPR about gun deaths in the US got me thinking. # Find the article here: # http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_p

Generating 'random' variables drawn from any distribution
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Generating 'random' variables drawn from any distribution * This post is a response to a question posted by a reader of this blog. * The que

Social Network Analysis
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Social Network Analysis is a free online class taught by Lada Adamic of University of Michigan

The business practices false advertising. I purchased the groupon that read, "$35 for a cleaning of one air duct main line, one return vent, unlimited supply vents, and up to 6 dryer vents ($300 value)". When the guy showed up to clean the vents he claimed that I had "two" main lines and refused to clean the system without an additional $165 fee. I said, "okay" clean just one and he said, "I cannot do that". Upon pointing out to him that one of the "main" lines was the supply and the other was the only main line he said, "okay, but your groupon if for appartments and stuff like that. Not whole houses." The groupon reads, "$35 for a cleaning of one air duct main line, one return vent, unlimited supply vents, and up to 6 dryer vents ($300 value)" This company is a bunch of frauds. They refuse to honor their groupon and wasted my time.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My wife and I own 5 houses in the Lansing area. We went to Haddad's agency because he was referred to us my our real estate agent. After talking to us for near 4 hours Mr Haddad offered us house insurance prices which were astoundingly expensive (~20% of the total price of the home per year). Upon protesting that we were not prepred to pay what much he offered a "deal" on house insurance for just the liability which was still expensive but not as bad. We went with that for a about half a year but I was suspicious and started shopping around. I found an agent (Don Reed) with Brown and Pixlie who ended up getting an insurance policy with Auto Owners that included liability and normal home insurance on all of the homes for less than Haddad offered for just liability. I was quite pleased. However, when I contacted Mr. Haddad he refused to honor my request to cancel my policy and instead asked for documentation by my new insurance etc etc. I was a full time graduate student with a number of rentals at the time so I found making time to get the pysical paperwork together very difficult to manage. I ended up emailing Haddad's agency numerous times but nobody was willing to cancel my contract. So we paid up till the end of the year and did not renew. I found out later that Mr Haddad had signed us up for a commercial contract which was why it was so expensive. I was told that this practice might be illegal. Pretty crazy stuff really. I readily admit that I got taken in for a sucker. Neither I nor my wife had ever bought home insurance before. Use his services at your own risk.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
So I had a kind of disturbing experience at this hotel. Recently I was there attending an academic conference hosted at the hotel. At the end of the conference I was waiting around for my wife to pick me up. It was raining heavily outside and I was walking back and forth not certain when my wife would pick me up as well as not sure which direction she was coming from (and getting a few extra steps on my fitbit while I was at it) when one of the bellhops (red shirt, ear piece etc.) started following me. This older and short guy kind of just started following me, keeping just a few feet away. He made me extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately my wife pulled up just as I was preparing to confront him. Yet my skin continued to crawl a bit and so I called the manager of the hotel to report the incident and she kind of brushed me off at first implying that the guy did not work for the hotel then dismissing my concerns. But it was obvious with his interactions with the other employees and his shared uniform that he did work for the hotel. I write this complaint as a bit of a flag for weird behavior going on at the Merriot and as a mention of the kind of treatment you are likely to expect from management when issues arise. I would hate for this employee to be penalized since I am sure his actions must have been supervised by some manager. Furthermore, by the general blanket denial of the management, I am pretty sure that this is not such a surprising situation. So, who knows…shrug. On a side note, the layout of the hotel is disappointing when compared to other establishments of its caliber. I would define the decor as say mid-1970s. I guess I am not so familiar with Merriots, so maybe it is typical. But compared to the Hyatts and Sheratons I have been in, it definitely seemed a sad comparison.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is a good bank with bankers who are thoughtful and helpful. I started using them because of the 100 cash bonus for openning an account with them and have been consistently happy with our services with them for the last 5 years. Normally when I leave an area I find a new local bank. I have moved away and kept using this bank.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Generally, I greatly appreciate this store chain. However, this particular store is a little less pleasant in my interaction with it as it has been in the process of remodelling. Additionally, employees seem to clump together talking amongst themselves. When you want to find someone to talk to it is typically pretty hard to find anybody.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I had my groomsmen outfitted by Men's Warehouse. It it hard to imagine the number of things they got wrong or failed to supply altogether despite having fittings and reservations months in advance. My fiance and I spent hours comparing and painstakingly selecting suits, vests, ties, and other combinations. Somehow, when we went to pick up the actual order though there was literally next to nothing which matched our specifications. It was absolutely bizarre, like the company had fulfilled the wrong order. We struggled to find suits, shirts, and pants that fit the physical requirements of my groomsmen let alone fulfill our specific order. Though my wedding was on Monday and we picked up our order and noticed the problem on a Friday, Men's Warehouse was incredibly unhelpful, claiming their warehouse was closed on weekends and little could or would be done to rectify the situation. Ultimately, I ended up waiting the hours leading up to my wedding for my jacket which I was able to to pick up at the Men's Warehouse at the last minute. I don't really understand how such a business can be so unprofessional and still charge such exorbitant rates.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Worse bank in America. This bank is really bad. They will not stop charging fees just for having money in the account. My wife and I were abroad for a year and we had a bill being automatically drafted from the account. At some point the account balance dropped below 750 and ever since then they started charging us the 11.99 each month. The total cost has been over $100. In addition to this, their online system only allows for statements for up to six months (which has also presented problems). The bank manager also vouched for our selecting a property manager Maureen Tipple after which she fraudulantly wrote checks out of our account for work that was never done. When we attempted to place a hold on a check that Maureen wrote the bank charged us the 25 dollar holding fee but still let the check go through. And my wife just tried cancelling her account with them and after she followed their instructions on how to cancel her account without additional fees, the representative still tried to charge her 11.99 for not having sufficient funds in the account. Anyways, I say 'worse bank in America' not because I know it is but because I have had account with many other banks (I like sampling many different options) and I can say with certainty that this bank has the worse policies of any bank I have used. The other banks I have had accounts with without major complaints are: Rocky Mountain Federal Credit Union MSU Federal Credit Union Chase Wells Fargo First Arkansas Bank and Trust First Interstate Lake Trust Credit Union Charles Schwab
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago