Monday, September 28, 2020

10 Years of CSI without Dead Bodies: the top 18 posts of All Time

The tenth anniversary of this blog is now upon us.  It just happens to coincide with the publication of my book.  The blog has been a source for much of the content for the book.  I will be having a book signing on October 9 at the Chameleon Bookstore.  

I wanted to present the top posts for the whole history of the blog but Google Analytics changed its algorithm so that is presents data for the last 3 years.  Blogger does have a built in stat counter so I will use that.  The built in counter does not filter out bot traffic very well but it's all I have.  It provides only the top 18 posts of all time.  

18. Greta Thunberg and Young Idealism

This post from Sept 2019 discusses the Swedish climate activist's trip to the US.

In November 2018, I created a poll on the blog for the greatest nonfiction book of all time (which can be voted on in the poll above) in response to the Great American Read poll that PBS conducted.  This post looks at the early results of the poll.


16. Do you Hear What I Hear? Sounds like Passing the Buck

This was a post on Christmas Eve about the song.  This post may have been buoyed by spam and/or bot traffic.

15Do NBA Coaches who didn’t play in the NBA fare the same as NFL Coaches?

In this post I took a look at how elite NBA coaches who played in the NBA fared compared to those who did not.  I also compared the elite NBA coaches to elite NFL coaches to see if playing in the league made a difference in their performance.








Another look at the best nonfiction book poll results.


This post takes a look at the algorithms that social media companies use to keep eyeballs focused on their sites.  This is the first post on this list that was made before I bought a domain name for the site.  It saw a surge in pageviews after the domain was bought.









This post looks at how Trump shutting down the government in early 2019 and why the polls were preventing him from repeating the act to get his border wall funded.







As preparation for the Democratic Presidential Primaries was heating up, I took a look at the candidates' social media followings.  More specifically I looked at what percentage of their twitter followers were real.






In the 2019 election, I took a look at the propaganda campaign against the Republican candidate for Cambria County Commissioner Jerry Carnicella.











In this pre domain post I looked at the algorithms used by onlie dating sites to make romantic matches.









In this post I looked at how National Honor Society membership and school year predicted prestige in college admission at my high school alma mater.






This post was part of a series of posts looking at campaign contributions from the healthcare industry for freshman democrats. 










This post looked at the differences in special education populations in local school districts.  This is an excerpt from my book.







This post looked at the effect of the race/ethnicity of freshman democrats in Congress and of their support for single payer healthcare on the campaign contributions that they received from the healthcare industry.










This post was another inspiration for my book which looked at factors that explained why African Americans lived to be 64.8 years old in Cambria County which was 10 years shorter than African Americans nationwide.







This was an earlier post looking at how Facebook and Twitter followings predicted the poll standing of Democratic Presidential candidates last year.  There was a strong prediction for the candidates except for Joe Biden.







This is one of the two posts on this list from the early days of this blog.  It talks about how to use Barry Sanders football statistics to explain climate change to a sportscenter junkie.








 1. Income and Life Expectancy. What does it Tell Us About US?

This is the all time most read post for the blog.  It was buoyed by a link to the BBC Documentary The Joy of Stats in 2010.  It received more than twice as many page views that the second most read post on the list.  It looked at how income predicted life expectancy for each state in the U.S. but not for the District of Columbia. 





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