Tag: Data

The methodology behind that state-by-state binge survey is totally nonsensical.

To determine each state’s favorite show during the COVID-19 outbreak, CableTV.com surveyed 6,852 people, asking what they were watching while sheltering at home. The most popular titles were then analyzed using Google Trends data to discover which shows each region of the US was searching between March 1, 2020 and April 21, 2020.

What does search activity have to do with this? Why didn’t the survey simply ask what state people lived in?

Joe Cortright compares Vancouver, BC, and the Navajo Nation and suggests that when it comes to rates of infection, the apparent key is “not density, but rather poverty, a lack of health care, and housing over-crowding”.

Apparently over on Micro.blog they are doing a book recommendation challenge this week, and I’d be interested if anyone is assembling any stats on what sites people are linking to for their recommendations; I’m particularly curious about use of Bookshop.

ProPublica’s new tracker for states as they start to reopen uses “metrics derived from a set of guidelines published by the White House for states to achieve before loosening restrictions”. By this data, Oregon meets four of the five criteria (positive tests per 100K people, percentage of tests that are positive, ICU bed availability, and hospital visits for flu-like illness) and isn’t far behind on the fifth (tests per 100K people per day).

Link Log Roundup for May 12, 2020

In this edition: presidential courage, post-pandemic cities, post-pandemic homes, disruptions to HIV care, voluntary surveillance, reopening Iceland, paying the rent, getting sick on the job, disrupting routines, mandatory vaccination, engineered misalignments, jury trials, Census undercounts, open streets, and political investigations.

Link Log Roundup for May 11, 2020

In this edition: labor surveillance, viral surfaces, blurb writing, knowing the risks, testing questions, child vaccinations, engineering ventilators, actuarial science, Cannon Beach, bunk beds, institutional discrimination, public pharma, money for Western states, virtual reality, false balance, the social safety net, salon workers, opening up the streets, and public opinion.

Link Log Roundup for May 9, 2020

In this edition: zip codes, movie theaters, internet dramas, driving in and through, weekend weather, Mothers’ Day, and calling the neighbors.

Places Journal announced a forthcoming book “by New School professor and columnist Shannon Mattern” called A City Is Not a Computer, named for an article of the same name; if the article is any indication, the book likely goes right onto my to-get list. The timing is interesting, given the economic collapse of Google’s planned “smart city” in Toronto.

Which is not to say wise. For every reasonable question Y Combinator asked — “How can cities help more of their residents be happy and reach their potential?” — there was a preposterous one: “How should we measure the effectiveness of a city (what are its KPIs)?” That’s Key Performance Indicators, for those not steeped in business intelligence jargon. There was hardly any mention of the urban designers, planners, and scholars who have been asking the big questions for centuries: How do cities function, and how can they function better?

Link Log Roundup for May 8, 2020

In this edition: public opinion, Stanislaw Lem, more spreading, porn, Dutch cursing, being foreign, restaurant restrictions, appeasing the enemy, and architects.

Link Log Roundup for May 4, 2020

In this edition: imagination, distractions, green zones, cowboys, dying wishes, environmental regulation, coronavirus models, restaurants, banned books, driving cross-country, three futures, pandemic maps, lacking tests, nationalism, a global pledge, mental health, naked bicyclists, presumptive cases, and books.

Link Log Roundup for May 2, 2020

In this edition: city streets, pricing by algorithm, barbershops, NASA’s ventilator, brutal numbers, old movies, NPCs, llamas, excess deaths, mariachis, coffee history, Muggletonians, air pollution, and the political conversation.

Rob Manning examines what Oregon’s infection numbers can and cannot tell us about the pandemic in Oregon, given holes in reporting and gaps in testing.

Oregon Health Authority reports that new projections from the Institute for Disease Modeling indicate that social distancing measures in the state should remain in place at least until the third week in May.