Category Archives: Graphs

Prisoner’s Dilemma Solution

This video has been making the rounds, I first saw it on Bruce Schneier’s blog, and it’s an absolutely amazing (though non-repeatable) solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma as presented on a British game show: The Original Game Setup That’s the … Continue reading

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The Long Tail

*Sigh.* I clicked the link, so they accomplished their goal of driving site views, but this article highlights the worst sort of prognosticating: Pew surveyed a selection of academics, authors, and other experts, asking them questions about the future of … Continue reading

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Climate Prediction from 1980

Interesting graph showing a prediction on climate change made in 1980: Science lives for the “falsifiable hypothesis” — a claim that can be tested against the evidence — and that is what the paper by Hansen and his colleagues offered … Continue reading

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Marriage Crunch

The whole “Thinking Like a Fox” comes from Philip Tetlock’s work at UPENN, where he’s found that prediction makers tend to be most wrong when they make broad, unequivocated¬†statements. The problem is that when a person makes a prediction that’s … Continue reading

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Ought vs. Need

I don’t watch Mad Men, so this article detailing the modern linguistic choices that creep into the 60’s-set show didn’t really grab me, but the chart used at the end was pretty interesting:¬† via the Atlantic I’m not a linguistic … Continue reading

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Yale Tuition for the Libertarian Crowd

This article from the Atlantic points out an interesting chart – the cost to attend Yale undergrad, measured in grams of gold, is unchanged since 1900 – it has fluctuated wildly since then, but currently gold’s value is at historic … Continue reading

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Accuracy of Polls

Interesting article from the NY Times on the accuracy of primary polling and the dangers of using them too far away from the election itself: the polls have been pretty awful at most points prior to about three days before … Continue reading

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