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Train travel is incredibly safe

May 13th, 2015, 9:08am by Sam Wang

Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:'https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+’://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, ‘script’, ‘twitter-wjs’); Television “news” media, as is often the case, is good at blowing an event out of proportion. In the wake of the Amtrak train crash (and hey, I am totally against train crashes!), we have this: 230 people killed in train accidents in the last year alone. Very scary. — [...]

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What to watch in tomorrow’s UK election

May 7th, 2015, 12:22am by Sam Wang

Michael Mosettig explains it well. I cannot improve on what he says. Go read that. Then follow live returns here and projections here. Current projections by electionforecast.co.uk indicate considerable losses by the two ruling parties, the Conservatives (281 seats) and the Liberal Democrats (27 seats). With a current forecast total of 308 seats, these two parties [...]

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Did the NYT pay Jill Abramson less?

May 16th, 2014, 9:33am by Sam Wang

According to Ken Auletta at The New Yorker, Abramson was fired when she found out she was being systematically paid less than her male predecessors. New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., appears to deny this. Can these statements be reconciled with one another? Yes…though Sulzberger seems to be parsing his words rather carefully.

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Lou Reed, 1942-2013: Shut the door!

October 27th, 2013, 7:43pm by Sam Wang

The Velvet Underground was one of the first really interesting bands I listened to. They are simple, but amazing. I learned about them around 1982 in an interview with R.E.M., who revered them. Also, my house at Caltech had a rock band composed entirely of physics majors, who only did V.U. covers. This was within [...]

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Nate Silver’s move

July 24th, 2013, 11:04am by Sam Wang

By now most readers know about Nate Silver’s move from the New York Times to ESPN and ABC. ESPN purchased the FiveThirtyEight domain, suggesting a significant commitment by Silver. The move fits with Silver’s roots in sports, as well as his outsider status with regular journalists. ABC will provide excellent broadcast opportunities during election seasons. [...]

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Review of The Signal and the Noise

February 14th, 2013, 8:22pm by Sam Wang

In Science magazine, Ben Campbell and I have a review of Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise. Briefly…it was good for people who don’t know any math or science, and was best when he recounted his own exploits in poker. But there were some flaws, for instance on the use of statistics in science. [...]

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In search of the nerd/poet gene

December 26th, 2012, 11:00pm by Sam Wang

Today, I ask for your help with my laboratory research. It will only take a few minutes. The concept of a “physics gene” or “poetry gene” might not be a joke. Intellectual predispositions are likely to be driven in part by genes – including those that drive autism, mood disorders, and substance abuse. My students and [...]

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Happy holidays!

December 24th, 2012, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

At the start of the year this community was small. Four million views later…thank you. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege. For the new breed of quants: For the old-school: Travel safely. Watch out for enormous poodles.

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Bright and early

October 7th, 2012, 8:00am by Sam Wang

And now for something rather different: neuroscience and child development. My co-author Sandra Aamodt and I write in today’s New York Post about infancy and early-childhood programs. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools chancellor Dennis Walcott have announced significant expansions of these programs for fall 2013. Such programs pay for themselves at least seven [...]

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Guest expert: Ed Freeland on wireless phone sampling

September 17th, 2012, 9:00am by Sam Wang

I am joined today by guest Ed Freeland, director of the Princeton Survey Research Center. Ed offers a survey expert’s view of wireless phone sampling, and how problems are addressed. Later today he will pop by to answer questions in the comment thread. Ed, welcome! -Sam Wang

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