Posts Tagged: Statistics

Modern Love: A (Likely!) Statistical Breakdown Of The Weekly 'New York Times' Column

(2010 to present. All numbers are in percentages; due to overlapping figures may total more than 100.)

    • Gender: Female (98.3) Male (1.7)
    • Age: Late thirties(ish) – early forties(ish) (97)
    • Modern* (28)
    • Love (98)

Reagan Proven Much More Awesome at Fixing America Than Obama

"How do conditions compare locally to when the Reagan administration was asking for a second term. Statistically, have we seen the same kind of recovery from the 2007-to-2009 recession as we did from the 1980-to-1982 recession? Not to ruin the suspense, but the charts below suggest the answer is 'no.' The Miami area enjoyed a much more robust recovery at the end of the Reagan first term than it has under the Obama first term." —Well, there you have it then.


Science: Liberals Love Brie! Conservatives Love Garbage!

The facts are in from Hunch: liberals eat arugula, "bistro-type" frites and brie; conservatives like iceburg lettuce, Velveeta and "meat, and lots of it" on their pizza.


Unemployment: Get Ready To Get Fired!

"The unemployment rate is projected to continue rising for another year before topping out in double digits… Analysts say the high levels of joblessness would be accompanied by increases in child poverty, strained government budgets, and black and Latino unemployment rates approaching 20 percent." (The African-American unemployment rate is already 15% nation-wide, by the way.)


Nerds Studied

"95 percent of users on Svbtle are men, while is 94 percent male and Medium has a slightly more generous division at 72 percent. It seems the virtual ladies' room is still line-free."


America's Most Gay-Coupled Cities, Not Gayest Cities

A note on math: running the numbers on the prevalence of same-sex households in cities is not the same as doing the math on the "gayest cities." You're actually discovering the cities that have the most… same-sex households, resting as this premise does on the assumption that "it's probably a good bet that metro areas with relatively high proportions of same-sex couples will also have relatively high proportions of visible LGBT people, single and coupled." It might not be, you know! Cities with bigger populations of gays (particularly gay men, hmm?) might actually find fewer same-sex abodes. [N.B. Data preliminary: we have yet to see the full influence of [...]


U.S. Job Losses By Geography

From Flowing Data comes this map of job losses. (The above represents June of 2009.) It's fun to go back to 2004 and watch all the nice green job creation bubbles turn red and DIE. (Also the Katrina explosion is fascinating.) And I don't know, we are reelecting the corporate gift-giving mayor of New York City for what reason, now?


Red State Gun Culture Kills Cops

This is a particularly brutal column coming in the wake of yesterday's big piece on the NYPD: eight black New York city college students reported being stopped and frisked 92 times all told. Meanwhile, also in the Times today, but over on the front page, it's this: killing of police officers is at a four-year-high. The Times plays this really big and really wrong, and calls this "a disturbing trend," but it's actually not. (It is disturbing, of course.) But 2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year. So it's actually the opposite of [...]


1 In 5 Americans Still Cool

"One in five Americans smoked last year, down from almost one in four a decade earlier. But the declines in smoking have recently stalled, with virtually no change in smoking rates since 2004 and even a hint of an increase last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting. Some 20.6 percent of Americans were current smokers in 2008, barely down from 20.9 percent in 2004, according to the Nov. 19 issue of the C.D.C.'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report." I know I'm doing my part, what about you guys?


Manny Ramirez Slugs His Way Into History Books

Last night in Los Angeles, Manny Ramirez hit a grand slam that helped his team to victory. But the significance of the dinger was not just about wins and losses. No, this was a historic event: "The four runs Ramirez drove in with that single stroke in his pinch-hit at-bat did more than break a sixth-inning tie and send the Dodgers on their way to a 6-2, sweep-sealing victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The home run off reliever Nick Masset, the first long ball ever hit by a Dodger on his bobblehead night, turned the ballpark into a madhouse."