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Monday, April 28, 2008

New Manski book

Manski has published a new book on Identification and treating data in general.

This book is a full-scale exposition of Charles Manski's new methodology for analyzing empirical questions in the social sciences. He recommends that researchers first ask what can be learned from data alone, and then ask what can be learned when data are combined with credible weak assumptions. Inferences predicated on weak assumptions, he argues, can achieve wide consensus, while ones that require strong assumptions almost inevitably are subject to sharp disagreements.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

TED and choice

TED is a new website for videos from conferences. Here is a talk on consumer choice:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sleeping for a year

Why did all the Labour backbenchers not revolt a year ago against the 10p rate abolishment when it was announced? Did they forget? Most probably they are just opportunistic.

Lang Lang in Albert Hall

Lang Lang's performance at the classic fm event was fabulous. His Rachmaninov seemed refreshing. The rest of the program was boring, and the reason to combine LL with this bunch of wannabes is questionable. It seemed like a marketing event from classic fm for the masses.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BBC satire


There is no satire on BBC. Why? Too serious times?

Athens Beijing medals

Many anticipate that in Beijing the Chinese will take the throne of sports and top the medal table - maybe they will not win most medals but more gold than the US, as it seems likely from the Athens table. Only four out of the top 10 were EU countries. How will all the doping scandals affect the overall performance?


Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States United States (USA) 36 39 27 102
2 China China (CHN) 32 17 14 63
3 Russia Russia (RUS) 27 27 38 92
4 Australia Australia (AUS) 17 16 16 49
5 Japan Japan (JPN) 16 9 12 37
6 Germany Germany (GER) 13 16 20 49
7 France France (FRA) 11 9 13 33
8 Italy Italy (ITA) 10 11 11 32
9 South Korea South Korea (KOR) 9 12 9 30
10 Great Britain Great Britain (GBR) 9 9 12 30
Source: Wikipedia

WPS instead of SAS

There is an alternative to expensive SAS in the from of an interpreter WPS http://www.teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps/features/language. The big question is if the support is as good and how they keep it up to date.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New Cadbury ad

Here is the Cadbury TV ad with trucks on a runway, it's on the same line with the gorilla ad - joy and cool music - and even slightly funny.