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A Tale of Two Regions (the Bay Area and New York)

By Ella Foster-Molina and Leslie Foster This is a story of the value of shelter in place. It’s not conclusive yet. As we move through this crisis we’ll gain evidence and update this story. On March 17, 2020 Santa Clara … Continue reading

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Teaching Online During the COVID Crisis

If you’re here for resources on teaching online during the COVID-19 crisis, click here, or go directly to one of the following resources: Technology Requirements for Synchronous Digital Classrooms and Office Hours Maximizing Connection Speeds in Synchronous Video Interactions Troubleshooting … Continue reading

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Visualizing Increased Trump Support

Visualizing the relationship between county level income, education, and how much more voters voted for Trump (2016) than they voted for Romney (2012) Adding in increase in deaths from drug overdoses between 1980 and 2014, but removing the regression plane.

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I am developing the Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory (SSQL) at Swarthmore College. The laboratory seeks to increase quantitative skills for social sciences students already involved in quantitative learning and to entice students unfamiliar with quantitative methods to dive in. It offers quantitative support to … Continue reading

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Quick Links to Explore Data Analysis Skills

As I have developed the Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory, I built a list of free online tools that can be used to interact with, be amused by, and engage the theory behind data. This post summarizes some of these resources. … Continue reading

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Bills for the Rich, Bills for the Poor

I present these 8 visualizations without much comment. Each one represents the bill titles sponsored or enacted by the party and district wealth of the politician who sponsored it. The bigger the word, the more often it was included in bill … Continue reading

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How to be better than Trump: Remember why you love our country

This is an optimistic essay. I believe every word of it. We have earned optimism and hope, and we need to remember why. Anyone can see the waves of fear encompassing our country, but there is no reason to let … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional government?

I’ve been going through a lot of legislative history recently. Occasionally, small facts stand out. The first bill introduced to the 112th Congress was titled “Hurricane Sandy supplemental appropriations bill.” Only one person decided to put their name on this … Continue reading

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The history of party control in Congress

One of the big revelations I had as a high school student in the early 2000’s was that Democrats have almost exclusively controlled the House since the Great Depression, and have mostly controlled the Senate. This was not the impression … Continue reading

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