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Max Ghenis
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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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+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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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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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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Super fresh and tasty. Got the guac, quesadilla, and tostada salads with both fish and shrimp (particularly awesome). Great salsa bar too.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pretty good Peruvian food, great service (including allergy accommodations) and fair prices. We got: - Quinoa salad, probably the least exciting dish. - Tuna tartare, which was OK but not great. Wish we tried the cebiches, which have good reviews here. - Yucca fries, which were excellent. - Tequenos (shrimp/mozzarella wontons), my favorite dish of the night. Both savory and sweet, these come with something like guacamole and something like syrup, so you get to try the dish with two different emphases. - Salmon (weekend only), which was good but also nothing special. - Alfajores, good but overpriced. Might come again to try some of the better-known authentic dishes, but won't be top of the list (would probably give 3.5 stars if possible).
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing food, impeccable service, cool decor. I also love their progressive service charge model which finances a living wage and full benefits for the full staff, no tips accepted. Each item was delicious: - Halibut ceviche was delightfully refreshing, with the light avocado sauce giving some extra subtle flavoring. Not usually a huge fennel fan but it complemented the halibut really well. Homemade tortilla chips as accompaniment were great too - we made the mistake of eating them all instead of scraping the following dishes with them. - Quesadillas were an authentically original take on the Americanized dish, with the masa tortillas that close off to look almost like empanadas, and with a dipping sauce that gives some real kick. - Masa croquettas were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the right combination of masa and cheese. - Opah salipcon finished off the mains, which soaked up the flavor of the super fresh tomatillos and onions. Only complaint is that we wished there were six homemade tortillas to make tacos with instead of the four. - Got the chocolate ice cream dessert, which had a crispy thing on top (not on their online menu so I don't recall the name). Incredibly chocolatey and rich ice cream was balanced out by the crispy but mild (in a good way) cracker thing. Terrific ending to the meal. - Also tried mezcal, which they feature a new one of every (day or week?). Very interesting flavor, especially with the cayenne-topped orange slice. Will definitely return!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Nice rooms and service, but there's extremely loud construction noise right outside the rooms starting at 7am. The thin walls and windows are revealed, not even earplugs will help with this level of noise.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
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Like all Ferry Building establishments, this place is pretty pricey, but also tasty. The fish tacos, quesadilla, and guacamole are all really good, jicama salad is a bit acidic for my taste. Also really like their progressive service charge instead of tipping, which enables them to pay their whole staff well.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
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.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Gorgeous atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food and drinks. Started with the sashimi duo, which won the night: extremely fresh fish and melon, and the light coconut/mint topping made it feel like pure wintery goodness in fish form. Salmon was also really tasty, more so than the tuna in my opinion, though that was great too. Bartender-recommended whiskey cocktail was perfectly proportioned and presented. Will come back for special occasions (certainly not cheap).
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reviewed a month ago