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Black taxi drivers are tipped 1/3 less than white taxi drivers, so Uber's permission to solicit tips will end up reducing total earnings for black drivers. This piece describes the mechanism by which this will occur.

I also created a petition for Uber to reverse this decision:
https://www.change.org/p/travis-kalanick-prevent-uber-drivers-from-soliciting-tips-to-ensure-fair-earnings-for-black-drivers
And for Lyft to remove their in-app tipping option:
https://www.change.org/p/lyft-remove-tipping-from-the-lyft-app
This week, Uber reached a settlement with drivers in California and Massachusetts in a lawsuit concerning worker classif…
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My first Medium post discusses the affordability of basic income, a topic I've become increasingly passionate about. Please give it a read and let me know what you think if you have a chance!

P.S. MLK was also an advocate: https://youtu.be/BY1OKSObkH0
Basic income (BI) is getting a lot of press these days. From Switzerland’s upcoming referendum to give each citizen 2,50…
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The Internet belongs to everyone - and it's our job to protect it. Are you in? #freeandopen https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/g/netneutrality
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Check out +Ben Ogorek's R package for analyzing one of the largest longitudinal studies. I'm looking forward to trying it out myself-- there's tons of potential in this data!
 
A longitudinal survey 15 years in the making, +Ben Ogorek  shares an #rstats package for analyzing the NLS. Religion and politics are not off limits! http://blog.analyzestuff.com/2014/02/nlsdata-r-package-for-national.html
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I'm stoked to announce +analyze stuff, a new data analysis blog from my colleague +Ben Ogorek and myself. I've written our initial post on a seasonal topic (you may want to read it before defining the rules of your next gift exchange). Hope you enjoy, and merry xmas eve!
 
We're up! Check out our initial blog post, in which we simulate and analyze the White Elephant gift exchange. Let us know what you think, and happy holidays!
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GiveDirectly​ just made what I believe could well be a historic and revolutionary decision in the field of giving and ultimately government programs: they will be conducting a basic income experiment in Kenya. ~6,000 people across dozens of village will receive ~$1/day for the next ten years, unconditionally and universally by village. While studies from GiveDirectly and other organizations have shown the value of cash transfers, this would be the first true basic income experiment. They'll be working with respected development economists to assess the program, and results could provide evidence for reforming trillions of dollars of antipoverty programs by charities and governments.

They're hoping to launch sometime this year, and need to raise $20M (they're matching the first $10M) to get an adequate sample size. Please consider donating! To quote their announcement, "At a minimum our money will shift the life trajectories of thousands of low-income households. At best, it will change how the world thinks about ending poverty."

You can also read more from their Slate​ piece (http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/04/14/universal_basic_income_this_nonprofit_is_about_to_test_it_in_a_big_way.html) or Vox's article (http://www.vox.com/2016/4/14/11410904/givedirectly-basic-income).
GiveDirectly's historic basic income trial could help end extreme poverty if we all join in.
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+Ben Ogorek revives the blog with a mixed model of movie directors, predicting the new Star Wars' Tomatometer rating! Written before the reviews started and predicting 82%, the current actual 95% is within the confidence interval ;)
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Had a great time recording this video on advanced Google Sheets features. Also check out the primary Apps Show episode on Sheets (featuring +Debbie Liu!) at http://youtu.be/Noue5sB69Uc
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Happy MLK Day all! For any of the stats and/or rhetoric nerds out there, here's an analysis I ran of his most famous speech. 

The most interesting finding to me was that a sentence's memorability (I counted Google hits) was primarily driven by 
1) Readability, i.e. complexity (sentences at grade level 10 and below did better)
2) Placement (sentences later in the speech did better)
 
What makes a passage memorable? In honor of MLK Day,  +Max Ghenis analyzed the civil rights leader's most famous speech. #rstats   #nlp   #mlk  
Today, we celebrate the would-be 85th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man remembered for pioneering the civil rights movement through his courage, moral leadership, and oratory prowess. This post focuses on his most fa...
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This article has convinced me that unconditional cash transfers are the future of giving. I just gave to www.GiveDirectly.org, which puts 90% of donations in the hands of impoverished households in Kenya without the inefficiencies and disruptions to local economies of the current aid industry. There's evidence that such transfers particularly benefit children, have long-term impacts, and do not lead to alcohol or tobacco abuse or fewer hours worked.
Long have I nursed a healthy contempt for the aid industry. As I spent much of a decade wandering around the planet, taking local public transit through poor..
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    People Analyst, 2010 - present
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    Senior Analyst, 2008 - 2010
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    Logistics Intern, 2007 - 2007
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Started with empanadas and yucca fries, which were excellent, but the seafood pot pie stole the show. Terrific sauce and good seafood ratio. Service was also great. Will definitely be back
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Haven't been here, but just to say this definitely isn't $$ based on the menus. Yelp has $$$, and looks like may even be closer to $$$$.
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Avocado toast is out of this world. Tomato soup is also really tasty. Ferry Building prices, but very worth it.
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Got the vegetarian tater tot skillet, which was really tasty (nicely crispy tots) though not what I'd think of as a skillet (no eggs). My girlfriend got the French toast, which was pretty good but not like the skillet. They were nice enough to sub sausage for scrambled eggs, which was good mixed with the skillet. Great service.
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Mushroom scramble was pretty good, but came out lukewarm. Burrata was also pretty tasty, but they brought it out without checking if it had garlic (girlfriend mentioned an allergy to them initially), and so they didn't separate the garlic-laden sauce. Service was generally slow, with food taking a while to come out and servers letting water glasses sit empty. Good prices and food, just needs some more attentiveness.
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Veggie burger was complex and filling. Portobello mushroom burger was simple but juicy. Fries were flavorful and crispy. Good service and reasonable prices.
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Fun trivia Tuesday, chill atmosphere, nice bartenders, Jenga at the table.
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