What I have been reading:
"Google Co-Founder Has Genetic Code Linked to Parkinson’s" (New York Times)
Talk about useless statistics. A confidence interval that is utterly useless.
"How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers" (New York Times)
Risk manager must be the most miserable job ever. When traders were raking in the millions, quants didn't get the credit (or the pay), according to Taleb, etc. Now when the market is imploding, they get the blame?
"Competing Tax Plans: two perspectives" (Freakonomics blog)
Three ways to plot the distribution of tax cuts across income brackets. I don't see why the first, and simplest, chart has a problem. The two revisions use bar charts with varying-width bars which give excessive focus on the number of people, in one case, and the base income, in the other case. It is not easy to compare areas of a tall, thin bar and a narrow, flat bar. The income group labels also present a problem of "loss aversion": why not lose the precision? or just report the percentiles?