Interesting how you find things on the Internet, but I ran across this post by Jay Ulfelder, an American political scientist who studies the survival and breakdown of political regimes (among other things) and a self-described dart-throwing chimp (yes, this is how I got here…).
Jay writes an interesting piece about a couple of experiences he had recently that got him thinking statistically – the possible link of the deaths of three children to a self-published book on spanking and corporal punishment, and a debate he was engaged in regarding the effectiveness of U.S. government support for pro-democracy movements in countries under authoritarian rule (pretty heady stuff!…).
In doing so, Jay reflects upon a recent book he’s read – Numbers Rules Your World by Kaiser Fung – about thinking statistically and recounted his experiences in that light. Jay’s post is lengthy, but if you’re interesting in social and political dynamics (like me) and how data science plays a role in understanding these behaviors (like me!), then you might find Jay’s post worth the read. You can read his piece here…
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