Category Archives: Methodology

Entropy, Data Generating Processes and Event Data

Or more precisely, the Santa Fe Institute, Erin Simpson, and, well, event data. With a bit of evolutionary seasoning from Robert Wright, who is my current walking-commute listening. Before we get going, let me make completely clear that there are … Continue reading

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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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Reflections on Uber, brogrammers, and the effectiveness of working class programmers

The toxic “brogrammer” culture has been in the news again, initially with the blog posting of engineer Susan J. Fowler’s year-long experience with sexual harassment at Uber, the reaction of Uber’s CEO [1] Travis Kalanick who was shocked, shocked to … Continue reading

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Seven Conjectures on the State of Event Data

[This essay was originally prepared as a memo in advance of the “Workshop on the Future of the CAMEO Ontology”, Washington DC, 11 October 2016, said workshop leading to the new PLOVER specification. I had intended to post the memo to the blog … 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 Concepts a Dept. of Defense Program Manager Needs to Successfully Develop Social Science Models: Part 1

There you go again. Ronald Reagan [1] It was with a mix of deja vu, amusement and resignation that I saw the latest Dept. of Defense (DoD) pronouncements—try here and here —about their intentions to take a very important innovation in machine … Continue reading

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Seven observations on the newly released ICEWS data

Before we get to the topic of the post, the usual set of apologies about the absence of recent postings—starting with that Duke Nukem Forever style “Feral+well, whatever.” Isn’t that I’ve dropped out, it is rather that I’ve been too … Continue reading

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