So I finally managed to win an IES research grant …

… after serving on their review panels continuously since 2008, chairing several review panels, and submitting six previous IES grant proposals, all of which failed. And we got this one on the first round! It’s via the low-cost short duration program, and as I recall the RFA said only four grants would be awarded for…

Yet another reason why ASHE sucks

ASHE being the Association for the Study of Higher Education, of course. An anonymous correspondent sent me this quote, from a review of their ASHE conference proposal they just received: Finally, while I fully understand that “control” and “treatment” are generically used terms in statistical analysis, the use of them in the way that they…

NY Times: Majority of our time is spent on data cleaning, not data analysis

Yet far too much handcrafted work — what data scientists call “data wrangling,” “data munging” and “data janitor work” — is still required. Data scientists, according to interviews and expert estimates, spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time mired in this more mundane labor of collecting and preparing unruly digital data, before…

If you care about helping the uneducated, you should love Uber

Beyond higher pay and flexibility, Uber and Lyft created opportunities for underrepresented communities. I’ve seen Austinites who are deaf, or for whom English is not their first language, drive for Uber and Lyft successfully. Imagine an entire underrepresented community offered a new opportunity to earn a living, now part of the more than 10,000 people…

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…