August 2, 2017


  • Graphics: there’s a solar eclipse soon in the US. Washington Post‘s WonkBlog shows Google Trends search interest in iteclipse
  • Persuasive Cartography: 800 historical maps “intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs – to send a message – rather than to communicate geographic information.”
  • Should there even be an app for this?”  and other tech questions from a workshop on design ethics. (Subquestion: should there be a prediction of this?)
  • “I never knew until very recently that the standard National Readership Survey socio-demographic classifications – ABC1, C2DE etc – deal with pensioners by classifying them all as working-class unless they are rich enough to be considered independently wealthy and therefore bucketed in with the As. ” Alex Harrowell on social class assessment and the politics of data

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 »