Currently browsing the archives for July 2011

John Burghardt ’61: My Dog Beats Bowdoin

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Sulgi Lim ’06: Wasabi

Sulgi has also kindly helped out EphBlog over the years. Many thanks!

With regards to her story, as my wife explains to my daughters, (Williams) men are (sometimes!) idiots . . .

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Gregg Peterson ’72: The Walk

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Jay Tarses ’61: Flunking Out

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Mike Glier ’75: Intimidation and Encouragement

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Harry Sheehy ’75: Gaudino Exam

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Isaac Nicholson ’11 and Mike Leon ’11

We published this storying of hijacking an admissions tour last year. But it is worth a second viewing!

Do readers like these videos? I think they are great fun. Comments welcome!

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Lock ’04 on Election Forecasting

Kari Lock ’04 has an academic paper (pdf) on election forecasting.

A wide range of potentially useful data are available for election forecasting: the results of previous elections, a multitude of preelection polls, and predictors such as measures of national and statewide economic performance. How accurate are different forecasts? We estimate predictive uncertainty via analysis of data collected from past elections (actual outcomes, preelection polls, and model estimates). With these estimated uncertainties, we use Bayesian inference to integrate the various sources of data to form posterior distributions for the state and national two-party Democratic vote shares for the 2008 election. Our key idea is to separately forecast the national popular vote shares and the relative positions of the states. More generally, such an approach could be applied to study changes in public opinion and other phenomena with wide national swings and fairly stable spatial distributions relative to the national average.

Read the whole thing, at least if you are a statistics geek like me.

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Juan Baena ’06: My Father’s Dream

Big thanks to Juan for all the help he has provided to me/EphBlog over the years.

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PLEASE STAND BY

Major Infrastructural Changes Planned for Weekend; Long Outages Possible

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Eph Politics Round-Up

Kudos to Senator Mark Udall ’72 for batting lead-off in the U.S. Senate’s It Gets Better Video. Nice to see Ephs and Jeffs coming together on this (it also features Amherst alum Chris Coons). Of course, one group is conspicuous in its absence from this video …

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and “conservative legal star” (or at least former star) Judge Jeffrey Sutton ’83 was the decisive vote in upholding the constitutionality of the individual insurance mandate in Obama’s health care law. In so doing, Sutton was the first Republican appointee to rule in the administration’s favor.

Congratulations to Congressman Chris Murphy ’96 for receiving UConn’s (where he attended law school) Graduate of the Last Decade award. Murphy, who has been in the news thanks to his proposed Supreme Court Transparency and Disclosure Act, is off to a tremendous start in his campaign for Senate, leading the fundraising race on the Democratic side.

By the way, if Williams had a “graduate of the last decade” type award, who would the candidates be?

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