The political affiliation of college faculty

This guy actually tracked down the party registrations of almost 9,000 faculty members! Interestingly, he finds almost a quarter of faculty at liberal arts colleges aren’t registered to vote. If you assume these individuals are relatively apolitical, then the numbers would look quite a bit different. These are ratios of registered Democrats to Republicans: According…

The “chart of the century”?

A thought-provoking chart, but I’m not sure this is the single-best chart of the century so far: Various observations that have been made about the huge divergence in price patterns over the last several decades include: a. The greater (lower) the degree of government involvement in the provision of a good or service the greater…

More data on human feces in SF

A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district Saturday. The horrendous smell and sight quickly gained notoriety when a Reddit user posted a screen shot of a report made to San Francisco’s Citizen app for identifying crimes. “Twenty pounds of feces…

Data on human feces in San Francisco

Block-by-block surveillance reveals the deterioration of downtown San Francisco. Of 153 city blocks surveyed, 41 contained used drug needles and 96 had human feces present. Yikes! That’s about 2/3 of city blocks with human feces. https://www.city-journal.org/html/left-coast-lawlessness-15976.html

More data on how school shootings rarely occur

From the researcher at Northeastern who wrote the USA Today op-ed; there are some nice graphics. Mass school shootings are incredibly rare events. In research publishing later this year, Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel found that on average, mass murders occur between 20 and 30 times per year, and about one of those incidents…

Data on school shootings; they are actually quite rare

School shootings in the sense of multiple fatalities, which occur about once a year. From a criminology professor: Everytown for Gun Safety reported that there have been 290 school shootings since the catastrophic massacre in Newtown, Conn., more than five years ago. However, very few of these were anything akin to Sandy Hook or Parkland.…

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…

Ashley Madison data analysis: lots of fake women

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally clear is…