Revisiting my old baseball player metrics…

In the summer of 1994, I was pursuing a doctorate in government. Desperately procrastinating, I found myself building datasets of 1993 major league baseball player data. Funny that I never finished that doctorate… Another motivation was frustration with the letter-grade system then in use to determine compensation for major league baseball teams for the lossContinue reading “Revisiting my old baseball player metrics…”

A (kinda sorta) brief epidemiology primer

As an epidemiologist (OK, as “a person with a doctorate in epidemiology,” which is totally the same thing), I expect that I will write future blog posts relating to epidemiologic research. In those posts, I will refer readers unfamiliar with epidemiologic concepts and methods to my “epidemiology primer” post. This is that post.  ********** EpidemiologyContinue reading “A (kinda sorta) brief epidemiology primer”

Gerrymandering is a bigger problem for democracy than for Democrats

It is an article of faith among Democrats and some political commentators that a major barrier to Democrats retaking control of the House of Representative in 2018, or even in 2020, is Republican gerrymandering following the 2010 U.S. Census. Republicans, the narrative goes, used the governor’s mansions and state legislatures they controlled after the 2010Continue reading “Gerrymandering is a bigger problem for democracy than for Democrats”

Degree or not degree? That is (still) the Democrats question.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, despite winning a 2.1 percentage popular vote margin over Republican Donald Trump, lost the presidency in 2016 because she lost the combined 46 electoral votes (EV) from three states: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Clinton lost these states by a combined 77,744 votes, and an average of 0.57 percentage points, based on dataContinue reading “Degree or not degree? That is (still) the Democrats question.”