• Visualizing the Opioid Epidemic

    It’s been a while since my last blog post, for a couple reasons: the Ultimate season began and took up much of my free time, and it has been almost two years since the 2016 election- so there’s not a lot of new political data to analyze. Hopefully, now that...

  • How Much Did Voter Suppression Affect the 2016 Election?

    As has been documented time and again, in-person voter fraud is a virtually nonexistent problem in American elections (I’ve even covered the implausibility previously on this blog). But unlike scientists, our elected officials have rarely felt the need to consult such mundane sources as evidence when making decisions. The open...

  • No, the Alabama Special Election Was Not Rigged

    A quick logistical note: I have rewritten some of my code to make it easier to follow along at home (if you’re into that sort of thing) The bulk of the analysis code is contained in a file called election_analysis.py, which defines several Python classes that make pretty plots and...

  • How can Democrats take back CA-25?

    My previous political analyses have looked back at the 2016 election, but today I want to start looking forward to next year’s midterms. There are good reasons to think that Democrats will gain ground in both the Senate and House- especially after the recent rejection by Alabama voters of Roy...

  • What was the Cuban sonic weapon?

    Today’s blog post will be a bit different than previous ones- I’m not going to discuss the election (won’t that be a nice break!). Instead, I want to take a look at the curious case of the Cuban sonic attacks. Right off the bat, I want to make it clear...