"Fifty percent of respondents in Boston said they “support” the Games, compared to 33 percent who “oppose” them. If you examine the Boston region as a whole, that support grew slightly to 51 percent. (The WBUR poll surveyed both Boston residents and the “Boston area,” defined as communities inside Route 128).
But pollster Koczela says neither margin is as large as supporters would hope.
“You have more supporters than opponents, but it’s nowhere close to the level of support you’ve seen in other successful Olympic venues in the past,” he said.
In London, 68 percent of people strongly supported or tended to support the 2012 Olympics, according to polling from the International Olympic Committee (see page 108 here). And in Rio de Janeiro, a whopping 85 percent of people supported Brazil’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, according to another IOC poll (page 88)."
Thanks to WBUR for providing links to the data and to a fairly comprehensive set of crosstabs.
"the scientists working on the new study estimated that about 70 percent of cases in West Africa go unreported. That is far fewer than earlier estimates, which assumed that up to 250 percent did."
Confused by that last phrase? (The journalist certainly was; there's no way more than 100% of the cases can go unreported!.) Here's the next sentence of the article:
"In practical terms, said Jeffrey Townsend, a Yale biostatistician and the study’s lead author, that means that for every 100 known cases, there are 120 actual ones, rather than 350 as in the earlier estimates."
OK, I see where the 250% "going unreported" came from (although it's certainly wrong -- rather, 250/350 = 71% unreported!), but now, the 70% above is a mystery. Unless -- the new "70%" number is actually the correct calculation of the old number, and the correct new number (20/120 = 17%) isn't anywhere in this article?
I should probably back-track the original paper, and figure out what the numbers actually are.
"The new study estimated that the rate of under-reporting of cases was 17 percent, up to a maximum of 70 percent, not 70 percent. The previous estimate to which this was compared meant that, for every 100 known cases, there were 250 real cases, not 350. (It is not the case that previous estimates assumed that up to 250 percent of cases went unreported.)"
By this group’s reckoning, the valley had 26 percent of the nation's innovation employment, well ahead of Boston, which came in second with 18 percent of the total. The other areas were Seattle (16.5 percent), Austin (16.4 percent), Southern California, (15 percent) and New York (14 percent.)
Those six areas alone are responsible for 105.9% of the "innovation employment"! Impressive, indeed.
"An earlier version of this post described incorrectly the percentage of Silicon Valley workers in technology, according to a study. The study said 26 percent of valley workers were employed in tech jobs; it did not indicate that was a percentage of national tech employment."
which is going straight into the talk I'm writing on teaching students how to write about percentages.
I don't have time to read this closely and think about it, but it's intriguing.
"In the case of smoking, your brain has gotten used to the nicotine addiction – because brains are basically stupid – and wants you to keep inhaling toxins because it really really loves the rush. Then, when you’re almost at the point where you’ve kicked the habit, your brain turns into a toddler throwing a tantrum, kicking and screaming and yelling and spitting for as long as it possibly can until you give in just so the damned thing will shut up." [this is thel phenomenon called an "extinction burst']
and he ends:
"The fact that we’ve reached an extinction burst is actually a positive place for gaming culture. It means that we’ve been changing for the better, that those old conditioned responses to the stereotypical gamer are going away and allowing gaming to advance. However, it also means that it’s more important than ever to reign in the misogynists and haters. It’s time to shut them down, to not let them gain traction. It’s time to squeeze out the hatred and to stand up in support of those bringing gaming into its new age."
- University of California, BerkeleyMath Ph.D.
- Harvard University1993
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