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  •  Kos was right, says Andrew Gelman. (0+ / 0-)

    Andrew Gelman, 'a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University' says this in his blog today:

    After the 2008 election, I’d posted some colorful maps based on polling analysis, estimating how people from different demographic groups voted in different states. Lots of people loved the maps, but then I got one criticism from the political blogger Kos. He was the only person out there criticizing me, and indeed his criticism was aggressive in tone. It would’ve been easy for me to ignore him, to laugh it off and to say that thousands of people had seen my graphs and he was the only one to complain. I could’ve even questioned his motives. But did I? No. I took the criticism seriously. And it turned out he was right! Fixing my errors took months of research, but it was worth it. Yes, you heard that correctly: a kick in the pants from Daily Kos was a key input to this American Journal of Political Science paper.

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    by rhutcheson on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:13:52 PM PST

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