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An Interview And A Notebook

April 8, 2014

Interview on Junk Charts

Yesterday I was featured on Kaiser Fung’s Junk Charts blog in an interview where he kindly refers to me as a “Numbersense Pro”. Previous to this week, my strongest connection with Kaiser Fung was through Andrew Gelman’s meta-review of my review and Kaiser’s review of Nate Silver’s book The Signal And The Noise.

iPython Notebook in Data Journalism

Speaking of Nate Silver, Brian Keegan, a quantitative social scientist from Northeastern University, recently built a very cool iPython notebook (hat tip Ben Zaitlen), replete with a blog post in markdown on the need for openness in journalism (also available here), which revisited a fivethirtyeight article originally written by Walt Hickey on the subject of women in film. Keegan’s notebook is truly a model of open data journalism, and the underlying analysis is also interesting, so I hope you have time to read it.

  1. April 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Junk charts, junk science..I’m glad it’s getting addressed. We have too many folks out there and it’s not their fault suffering from what I call “The Grays” where people can’t tell the difference between virtual world values and the real world and where they intersect too. I thought this was of interest with Pando taking on Ingiegogo with their “fraud” algorithm not working. There’s a physicist on there telling them their model won’t work:) Now that gets good especially since this company raised just about a million from crowdfunding, so yes junk science and junk charts are starting to get expensive. So far on Indiegogo, the questions from the physicist remain not answered…one of those deals where you stay tuned:) You can probably offer a lot more insight here than what I tried to do, but the point was made, did the model go outside of the realms of physics, the real world?



  2. April 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    W.r.t. women in film, some of you may be interested in the research being done by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, ” … studies, conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith, Ph.D. and her team at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.”



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