Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Datum Super Omnia

I have to say I have not read any of the details on the case against former state rep Perzel, but reading the news summary is interesting to a data wonk.  The Trib's version has this snippet describing the core of what lead to Perzel's downfall:
The unrelenting drive by Perzel to collect data and acquire the latest technology was done to expand his own power, according to a 2009 grand jury presentment. The computer gadgetry purchased at state taxpayers' expense was intended to help the House Republican Caucus, Perzel's own campaigns and a bid for governor contemplated by Perzel, the grand jury charged.

It truly is all about the information. Some political folks are the ones who realize that the best. Perzel himself must be a quite a wonk at heart. To think he is going to jail because be bought SPSS.  OK, probably not SPSS, but fun to think of that way.

Speaking of data.  The city sure is waiting until the very last minute to let us know what the final actuarial results are in their calculation of the pension system's funding status.   I can see some poor clerk rushing to the post office just before it closes to get a postmark as they send out the official report via snail mail. 

8 Comments:

Anonymous MH said...

Somebody was telling me that the SAS data mining modules were absurdly expensive. Maybe it was that.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 9:07:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Proc Gerrymander;

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 9:12:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

In 9.2, you won't need to set the NOMURTHA option to keep your output from starting with a suggestion that Johnstown would be a far better location for a growing technology company with so many government contracts.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

If I didn't think the humor was lost on all but 99.9% of the audience here, I would keep this up.

Thursday, September 01, 2011 2:28:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Am I your only reader who hasn't switched to R?

Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:08:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Oh, you're not alone. I'm too lazy to rewrite my tomes of SAS code. But modal software I thought was Stata. Of course my graduate econometrics class used Gauss.

Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:14:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'm about 50/50 between SAS and Stata when it comes to analysis. I still build all the datasets in SAS. I only use SPSS when I have to assist somebody who doesn't use anything else.

Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:53:00 AM  
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