Archive for April, 2017

Perhaps it's not the mean but the variance!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Why are only two of the world’s top 100 chess players women? There may be many factors at play here - including social expectations etc, as well as possible gender differences in average measures of either ability or interest. But it's also possible that a large part of the explanation is just a matter of […]


Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Stephen Downes comments on critique of post-modernism with reference to whether or not it is a "fact" that tennis balls don't fit into wine bottles. Despite the failure of a particular bit of language to unambiguously cover all aspects of a situation, It seems likely to me that there are nonetheless real facts about tennis […]

Why DT tweets nonsense in the middle of the night

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

I like to think of Donald Trump as just obsessively glued to his computer in the middle of the night much like the fat boy he speculated was responsible for the DNC hacking (though more devoted to taking offense and picking fights than to picking digital locks). But that's not entirely right. The method in his […]

Why Were We All Surprised?

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Source: Statistician Nate Silver says conventional wisdom, not data, killed 2016 election forecasts Actually, I suspect that many people were confusing chances of winning with expected share of the vote. Perhaps not consciously, but not surprising as we are so often presented with percentages as representing the latter. So seeing the number 70 associated with […]