School Placement Lotteries: Problems and a Solution

In 1994 when my son was about to reach kindergarten age, I realized there were¬† glaring problems with the way the Minneapolis Public Schools operated their school choice placement program. With a bit of research I discovered a solution, patterned … Continue reading

Chance in Elections

U.S. Presidential elections are often quite close, although the electoral college system tends to distort election results so that they appear to be more decisive than they are. The 2012 election is a good example. Although Obama won the electoral … Continue reading

Creative Data Visualization

As a visually oriented species, we grasp information much more quickly and easily when it’s presented as a picture than when we’re given lists of numbers. That’s why we find bar graphs and pie charts so useful. But often there … Continue reading