February 7, 2016


  • Locksmiths gaming Google and Google Maps: from the New York Times. 
  • We have “lead generation systems” here too, but I haven’t seen any suggestion that these are scams, just somewhat misleading advertising aiming to look local. Eg, from a site that’s appealingly honest about how it works

If your business covers the whole of Auckland for example then we would set up 200 websites for you which is one for every suburb in the city covering 6 districts

  • What’s the first word that comes to your mind starting with SUPP? If you said “SURGERY”, you’re not alone — or maybe you’re not real. “Disturbing oddities” in a research paper.
  • A map of the longest flights — Auckland-Houston and Auckland-Vancouver don’t make it.
  • Herald Insights has an exploration of unemployment rates over the recession and recovery, by census ethnic group and age.
  • A company that may be taking measurement too far: “Any meeting of at least three people is expected to hold at least one poll.”

Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. He also blogs at Biased and Inefficient See all posts by Thomas Lumley »