Problems of Statistical Significance

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I think one of the biggest problems for diversity, and for accountability of diversity, is one that we never talk about. Statistical significance. Imagine there is a company with 1000 engineers, of which 20% are women. The company declares their numbers proudly, saying they are beating the latest US graduation rate for women in Computer […]

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#unfollowdiddy

Earlier, I was trying to work out why “Amedisys” was trending (job postings! Crikey), and then people including it in their posts just to get their posts showing up on that trend. Does that work? Do people really follow people who just tweet all the currently trending topics periodically? One guy was trying to pimp […]

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Wow

The US State Department confirmed that it intervened to keep Twitter going and downtime was recheduled to take place in the middle of the night in Iran, not in the US. The #IranElection hastag has been trending for days. See: I saw this, and thought – wow. This is big big news on Twitter. Right […]

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The Iranian Election is Trending

There’s a large Persian population in Ottawa, especially in Computer Science. So, a lot of my friends are from Iran and I follow the international news so I’ve been watching the election results with interest. One of my friends wasn’t going to vote, so the other day I was embroiled in an argument about that […]

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The Rise of the BNP, in Trend Data

I came across this yesterday. “Hope not Hate”, in response to the BNP getting two seats in the EU elections. I loathe the BNP, I do. They’re racist and offensive. But – this is a democracy, and even stupid and racist people get to vote. They exercised their right to vote in electing in the […]

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