Category Archives: Bayesian Reasoning

World population visualization

Although all the countries in the world are represented in the bubble chart below, only the labels of those countries with the largest populations are shown (via

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May reading list

Does reading make you a better person. Probably not! But reading is a great way to expand your horizons. So, now that the spring semester is almost over, this is what we will be reading during the month of May: … Continue reading

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Little Data

You  may already be familiar with the term Big Data, datasets that are so gigantic that special computational methods are required to analyze them. But how about some “little data” for your pleasure? The frequency analysis pictured above, for example, … Continue reading

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Follow the money

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Was the march for science a waste of time?

Probably. But we loved all the geeky posters and colorful outfits. Special shout out to whoever designed the T-shirt pictured below.

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Starve the beast: let’s just repeal the 16th Amendment

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Which occupations are “robot-proof”?

Take the quiz here. (Hat tip: the amazing Tyler Cowen.)

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Public Service Announcement: all chemical weapons are bad

Why are some chemical weapons like Napalm and Agent Orange okay to use (as long as the U.S. military uses them) but others off limits? If we are going to continue acting as the world’s policeman and all-around moral enforcer … Continue reading

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Bad to worse (regime change edition)

1. 🇨🇺 Cuba: Fulgencio Batista (bad); Fidel Castro (way worse) 2. 🇮🇷 Iran: Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (bad); Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (way worse) 3. 🇻🇪 Venezuela: Rafael Caldera (bad); Hugo Chavez/Nicolas Maduro (way worse) 4. 🇮🇶 Iraq: Saddam Hussein (bad); … Continue reading

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Anecdotal evidence does matter (United Airlines edition)

As members of the so-called “rationality community” like to say, the plural of anecdote is not evidence. (In 2016, for example, United Airlines denied boarding to only 3,765 of its more than 86 million passengers on overbooked flights, according to … Continue reading

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