This is just a brief post summarizing some stuff because I don’t have time to do more right now. Noah Carl asks me: Can you point me to some evidence (e.g., a blog post) on “PC-bias” in polling in recent years? It is hard to establish biased polling. One has to: Obtain datasets of polling […]

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I’ve decided to re-do my old and not too well done 2013 study. It goes like this, for multiparty democracies: Countries differ in the number of houses: 1 vs. 2. Countries differ in the number of seats in these houses. Usually, to get a party on the ballot, one must first collect X signatures. This […]

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rpubs.com/EmilOWK/208757 Analysis of the data collected so far, presented side by side with R code. It will be expanded into a proper paper and submitted to OQSPS soonish. Soonish here meaning when Noah gets around to do it! Due to the surprising results, we should probably do a follow-up replication using new subjects. These results […]

Noah Carl has been investigating the relationship between cognitive ability and political opinions aside from the usual confused 1-axis left-right model. Specifically, looking at the economic freedom and personal freedom axes (á la this test). He did this in two datasets so far, covering the UK and the US: Verbal intelligence is correlated with socially […]

See also: Rationality and bias test results I stumbled upon another political bias test: econturingtest.com/ Basically, you will be given 10 questions: 5 about why US-style conservatives favor/oppose a given policy, and 5 why US-style liberals favor/oppose, the same policy. It is a multiple-choice format. Your score is then calculated simply after comparison with the […]

openpsych.net/ODP/2014/09/the-international-general-socioeconomic-factor-factor-analyzing-international-rankings/ Abstract Many studies have examined the correlations between national IQs and various country-level indexes of well-being. The analyses have been unsystematic and not gathered in one single analysis or dataset. In this paper I gather a large sample of country-level indexes and show that there is a strong general socioeconomic factor (S factor) which […]

www.goodreads.com/book/show/2404700.The_IQ_Controversy_the_Media_and_Public_Policy The I. Q. Controversy The Media and Public Policy Stanley Rothman 323p_0887381510   I read this becus i want to do a follow-up study like this. Both analyzing media output and doing another expert survey.   —   I had been thinking about using PCA on political questions to see any obvious underlying structure. […]

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/europes-latest-secession-movement-venice/284562/ Venice seems to be tired of Italy. It’s a bad economic trade off for them. They want to return to their former glory. Good! We need more power decentralization. There was a vote: Last week, in a move overshadowed by the international outcry over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Plebiscito.eu, an organization representing a coalition of […]

I was asked to comment on this Reddit thread: www.reddit.com/r/netsec/comments/s1t2c/netsec_how_would_you_design_an_electronic_voting/   This post is written with the assumption that a bitcoin-like system is used.   Nirvana / perfect solution fallacy I agree. I don’t think an electronic system needs to solve every problem present in a paper system, it just needs to be better. Right […]

Seeing that countries vary wildly in how much they contribute to the EU, and vary somewhat in g in Europe, it seems worth checking if it there was a correlation. The EU reports every year how much every EU member contributed (positive or negative). The latest numbers are from 2012, which can be found here […]