A few assorted links for weekend reading
- The Myth of Small Schools via Marginal Revolution. An excellent post about bad statistics. “The Gates Foundation certainly spent a lot of money, along with many others, pushing for smaller schools and a lot of the push came because people jumped to the wrong conclusion when they discovered that the smallest schools were consistently among the best performing schools.”
- Mike Trick writes about the universities that are most likely to produce undergraduates who later go on to get science and engineering PhDs. I didn’t have time to write about this, so I appreciate Mike’s thoughtful post as well as the excellent comments made by his readers.
- The Pew Center reports tattoo frequency by generation: 36% of those aged 18-25 have tattoos, 40% of those aged 26-40 have tattoos, and 10% of those aged 41-64 have tattoos. Sometimes I feel like the only member of my generation who doesn’t have a tattoo, and it sounds like I wasn’t that far off the mark.
- Aurelie Thiele writes a nice post about AP tests no longer penalizing guessing. An interesting read for anyone who has ever taken an AP test.
- Anna Nagurney writes a nice post about getting good press for your research.
- The Washington Post has a nice article about whether college is a good investment. Are parents better off giving their kids $10K to start their own business to get real life lessons or $200K for a private Bachelor’s degree? They bring up a few good points, but even with a bad economy, college seems to be a great investment for those interested in science and engineering (particularly those interested in OR, as I wrote earlier today).
- Definitive word on the P != NP paper via Mike Trick has several useful links to other blog posts.
- Esquire has a nice, short piece about dishonesty in men’s pants sizes–vanity sizing is no longer just for women.