Daily Data Dump (Thursday)

By Razib Khan | May 13, 2010 2:13 pm

Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook. I kicked in some $ last week for what it’s worth.

The Euro in 2010 Feels Like the Ruble in 1998. The 1998 crisis prompted the bailout of Long Term Capital Management, who turned out to be an appetizer for the latest financial crisis. I’d recommend When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management to get on the inside of a toy model of what’s become the norm over the last few years.

Leamer on the State of Econometrics. This is a podcast, but very interesting. I’ve pulled back from getting too complicated in my data analysis with the GSS in large part because it started to become obvious how easy it was to secretly massage the model to get a statistically significant result. Instead I’ve leaned toward presenting simple descriptive frequencies and providing the variables so that readers can follow up themselves. In that way more complicated digging into the data can (theoretically) occur in the comments and so operate on a level of transparency. Otherwise I’d feel obligated to record and list all the various “quick & dirty” regressions and controls I ran, and that gets tedious.

Infectious Diseases Caused Two-Thirds of the Nearly 9 Million Child Deaths Globally in 2008. I guess the war against infection hasn’t been won.

Rapid sympatric ecological differentiation of crater lake cichlid fishes within historic times. It’s all about niches.

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Comments (3)

  1. Gwenny

    Re: Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook. Sure, they are all about privacy NOW. Facebook started out just for Harvard and then you couldn’t join without a school email or, in the case of alumni, someone to sponsor you. Do you REALLY believe that once they have you, they won’t change the rules? The bottom line, if you don’t want something known, don’t share it. Why is that so hard for folks to understand?

  2. A few years ago, before FB took over the universe, I joined a social network called Multiply. I liked it — nice layout, easy to use, pleasant … But almost no one else joined it, and what use is a social network no one’s on? So I wound up on FB with everyone else, and it’s great to run into everyone there. But FB sucks in many ways. I notice Multiply is still around. Maybe we could move there en masse.


    If you want to get a look at what it’s like and now it works, go down to the bottom of the home page and click “About.”


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