The Magic of Bayesian Methods for Missing Data

Missing data – it is almost inevitable in any dataset, and a perennial concern to anyone using that data to analyze trends or make decisions.  The frequent “head in the sand” approach, where one just deletes any observations with missing data, is convenient, but most likely not very realistic.  When data is missing, it is…

Bipolar Identification Systems

I was recently discussing with someone who had just moved back to the United States from Dubai why, if I were to visit the Middle East, I should visit Dubai.  Their primary rationale for this argument was that everyone in Dubai speaks good English (a very good point for someone who has only studied Modern…

The Pursuit of Truth in Political Science

Transitioning from the Stanford “brand” of political science to the University of Chicago brand of political science was unexpectedly difficult.  I had an opportunity to stay at Stanford, but one professor advised me to go to Chicago instead to broaden by horizons and demonstrate that I could work outside of the unique Stanford brand of…