As a condition of letting me use his plot in our post on statistics yesterday, former Hitchcock House resident head and current Ohio State University professor of Political Science Tom Wood demanded a chance to explain the science behind it. In his own words:
It might surprise an outsider that the many political scientists attribute little influence to political campaigns, especially at the presidential level. This plot is a simple test of this proposition. We compare county GOP shares for those counties in battleground states. If it’s the case that an election outcome is determined by the difference in efforts of the respective campaigns (which is the entire media narrative advanced every presidential race) we should see big differences between these county results.
We don’t. Instead, we see just how seized and systematic US national politics have become. Year to year, counties have had only tiny shifts since at least 1988. The year to year rigidity is only growing, as this plot clearly shows.
In short, this graph shows that political campaigns are an essentially meaningless exercise of political theater. Thanks for the lesson, Professor Wood.
Futility Closet explains the Shakespeare coding language, which issues commands by phrasing them through the actions of Shakespeare characters.
Before he was Chicago’s mayor…
Rahm Emanuel was a Crain’s 40 under 40 for class of 1990. Nice tie and suspenders.
Better Know a Major, Part Four: Statistics
The statistics program at UChicago teaches undergrads the science of analyzing large amounts of data for patterns, modeling complex, dynamic environments, and designing surveys and experiments to ensure methodological excellence.
Class for the future mad scientist: Machine Learning. This class covers learning algorithms, message passing systems, theories of statistical learning, and something called “the Perceptron.”
Choice Professor: Lars Peter Hansen, David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor Departments of Economics, Statistics, and the College. Fresh off his 2013 Nobel Prize, Professor Hansen studies econometrics and the modeling of dynamic systems like stock markets.
Graph courtesy Tom Wood
Man on Telephone, Racine and Armitage Avenues, 1987, Chicago. Jay King
My only dream is that one day I will be as cool as this man.
Are there any specific criterion that UChicago looks for in transfer students?? And is it a good idea to apply as a transfer during your first year of college or would 2 years be recommended??
Our transfer process is similar to our regular undergraduate application cycle in that we are looking for well-rounded students who see a liberal arts experience as interesting and valuable. We do not have a strict preference between students who have spent 1 or 2 years in college before transferring, so that choice is up to you!
You can learn more about our transfer student application process online here.
Imagined Conversations from Bygone Times
"Really? I get to be King Glamour Pants? You really think this means girls will notice me?"
“Oh yeah, chicks dig King Glamour Pants [hehe]. Seriously.” [hahaha]
"Shut up Janice you’re going to ruin it."
"I’m trying" [hahaha]
If I were to major in psychology at the University of Chicago, what classes should I take? (Is it possible for you to create a "#UChicago Major" thing for it...?)
Dude, that’s totally up to you! (Besides a few pre-reqs, or course). We’ll get around to doing a BKAM about psychology eventually, but in the meantime you can check out all the classes the psych department offers at the page for Psychology in the college catalog. The catalog is just a great resource anyone can use to look up all the classes being offered by each department in the next year. Have fun!
Better Know a
Major Minor, Part One: Norwegian Studies
A minor in the Germanic studies department, this program consists of a three quarter Norwegian language sequence and a number of courses in modern Norwegian language and culture.
Best Class for the Aspiring Norseperson: Contemporary Norwegian Novel. This class examines Norwegian literature from the 1970’s to the present, a time of great political and social change in Norway.
Choice Professor: Kimberly Kenny, Senior Lecturer. In her work, Professor Kenny takes a comparative approach to Germanic literature, integrating Norwegian, Danish and German works into a number of classes. She also teaches classes on Henrik Ibsen, literature of the Nazi occupation of Norway, and a (very popular) course called Comparative Fairy Tale.
WHPK Radio Station at UChicago
Chicago, IL - 2014
Canon AE-1, 35mm
If you can believe it, almost every single one of these records has a personal review written on it by a WHPK staff member sometime in the last 50 years. And that’s also true for the massive store of cassettes and CDs not pictured here.