U.S. & COVID19 – Less Tests, More Deaths, No End in Sight

In June, I made the prediction that it’s likely we’ll see hundreds of thousands dead by July from COVID-19. According to official data, my prediction was not entirely accurate, being closer to the lower bound of my simulation(s) (a hundred thousand). Today, we have more information about the virus and importantly improved data on death […]

Is Search Solved?

Search was revolutionized by Google. Before Google, we had Yahoo, AltaVista, AskJeeves / Ask.com, and more (full history here) – most used indexing, clustering etc. to produce search results. Searches were slow, inaccurate, queries weren’t parsed very well, etc. Then Google came along using PageRank, and stole the whole market. PageRank, was then copied industry wide, but […]

Lessons Learned FOIA Requesting Over One Hundred Universities

Ever wonder what it would be like to request the grade distributions for every semester, course, and professor at a major university? No? Luckily, you won’t have to. Over the last month, my wife Jennifer and I decided we wanted to get the grade distribution for every university we could using a FOIA requests (template form here)!  We […]