Data on what Uber drivers make

How are Uber fares calculated? When someone takes a ride with you, they are charged a fare plus a “Rider Fee”. The fare for UberX in Los Angeles is currently $0.18 a minute + $1 a mile. If there is “Surge Pricing” then the entire fare is multiplied by that number. Surge Pricing means Uber increases…

It’s a quant world now: analysis of texts for causal language

Via Tyler Cowen: We hypothesized that the increased role of science, education, and technology in Western society in the relatively recent past should have been accompanied by detectable cognitive changes and, more specifically, by an increased focus on causality. To test this hypothesis, we measured the amount of causal language in historical texts in five…

UNC System reduces college costs by hiring some joker for $250K per year

UNC President Margaret Spellings announced the hire of her top strategist Thursday as the UNC system’s governing board sorted through issues such as student debt, college completion and a huge demographic shift under way in North Carolina. Andrew P. Kelly, now director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, will…

It’s a quant world now: doctor’s office edition

Doctors Test Tools to Predict Your Odds of a Disease Dr. McGinn believes using technology to help diagnose and treat patients can reduce the large number of unnecessary tests doctors order and antibiotics they prescribe by ruling out certain diseases. It also could expedite the appropriate care for patients by giving doctors grounds to treat…

Retrospective measurement of students’ extracurricular activities with a self- administered calendar instrument

With the expansion of all-day schooling in Germany, students’ extracurricular activities are being brought into greater focus in educational and social sciences. However, the diverse range of activities and individual biographies makes it difficult to gather data on the variety and periods of extracurricular activities in classroom-based surveys. This paper introduces a tailored calendar instrument…

The death of SAS and SPSS in academia

Where is the growth? In R and Stata, of course: What’s interesting is the discrepancy between the death and growth rates. Mixed in here is a hidden trend, I believe, where scholars are much less likely in general to mention the statistical software they used in their research. http://r4stats.com/articles/popularity/

Pensions costs are killing Northern Kentucky U

The university’s payments into the state pension system have skyrocketed from $3.9 million in 2010 to $15.3 million this year. The projected cost for 2018 is $19.4 million. Mearns, who laid out the budget situation in a presentation here, said 2 percent of NKU’s operating budget went into pension costs in 2010 and that nearly 10…