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Local Indicators of Spatial Association in Homicides in Baltimore, 2019

Sure, you could use very expensive GIS software to do this, but why would you? Here I do some spatial association/autocorrelation analysis in R.

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The Big One?

This novel coronavirus pandemic is my third pandemic as a human being (after the HIV and the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemics). Is it the big one? Not really. At least I don’t think so.

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On the Radio

I was asked to appear on a radio show a couple of weeks ago to talk about coronavirus. Enjoy!

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The Parent Ren, Part XII: Just Breathe

Sometimes, you just have to chill…

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Colombia, 2015

It is June 2015 and I’m riding in the smallest of cars on a highway leading out of Barranquilla, Colombia. I’m in the car with an epidemiologist from the state health department, and we are on our way to a place far from the city in a small town in the jungle. The temperature outside […]

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A Vaccine Fact Generator? Yes, Please!

What else was I going to do when I got bored the other day?

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Black Boxes and the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel Equation

When working with statistical software programs, you should do one or two calculations by hand just to make sure the software is working properly. The last thing you want is to have an error happen because you didn’t illuminate the inside of the black box.

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When You Only Read the Abstract, You End Up Thinking That Vaccines Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Anti-vaxxers are spreading a new rumor, and so, here I am, screaming in the wilderness to see if anyone is paying attention. The new rumor is — as you may have guessed from my clever title to this blog post — that vaccines cause autism SIDS. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a syndrome in […]

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Crab Cakes and Circus

With a relentless homicide epidemic ongoing, Baltimore still finds time to celebrate their football team. With so many issues around the world, we still like — and need — to be entertained.

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It Kind of Tickles, Does It Not?

There is a great podcast by economist Tim Harford about things that have gone terribly wrong and what we can learn from them. The podcast is called “Cautionary Tales,” and, believe me, they are. If you’re the kind of person who learns from their mistakes and the mistakes of others, you’ll like this podcast. Two […]

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