Category Archives: Higher Education

So, punk, think ya can start a data science program??

This is the second part of a two-essay series addressing some of the features one might wish to include in a contemporary “data science” program using resources in existing quantitative “social science” programs. The first, a rather rambling polemic, addressed … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the suicide of Will Moore

I spent most of today working on a new blog post motivated in part by a re-tweet of a teaser for same by, well, Will Moore. Who I had seen in Phoenix only six weeks ago where he introduced my … Continue reading

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A Numerical Reflection upon the 2015-2016 APSA Placement Statistics

[Okay, this “Seven…” gimmick isn’t working for producing finished blogs—mind you, I’ve got about a dozen 50%-80% finished entries in the pipeline—and [shock!] there are things that can be said with less than “Seven…” witty subcategories, but are still longer than an extended set … Continue reading

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7 reasons political science “math camp” is a complete waste of your time

This little rant is going to piss off a lot of people in my professional circles but, well, I’m known for doing that sort of thing. So, today, I announce my support for Donald Trump for president. KIDDING!!! Though what … Continue reading

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Seven Theses on Theil and Drezner [1]

The Yule season is upon us, and as I sit watching sun progress across the windswept prairies of central Kansas, my Twitter-lurking attention was drawn to Dan Drezner’s recent challenge to Peter Theil’s prediction of the impending collapse of the … Continue reading

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When the ISA outlaws blogs, only outlaws will blog

Which, in fact, sounds kind of attractive. But that’s not the real point of this essay. What the ISA is doing is stupid, and ISA is not supposed to be stupid. Stupid is the APSA, charging extortionate dues in order … Continue reading

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Rampant parasitism hits the open access journal concept!

Many years back, before I tired of Slashdot, my signature included a phrase I’d picked up from some essay on systems theory: “All successful systems accumulate parasites.” As a vociferous advocate of open access publication, I would now observe: “Wow!—do … Continue reading

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