The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 was recently defeated in the Senate with Republicans voting unanimously against the bill. Conservatives at the Heritage Foundation argued the bill is based on faulty statistics, would hurt women's employment prospects and invites too much government interference in the economy. On the...

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I recently read an OpEd piece in the New York Times, Eight (No, Nine!) Problems with Big Data. The article was written by two NYU professors, one a psychologist and one a computer scientist. I was looking forward to some interesting new arguments and points of view. I was in for disappointment. Here is an abridged...

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An Open Letter to the Pueblo City Council, This is a unique moment in American history and Pueblo has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of ordinary citizens. The question is will Pueblo City Council see this as a unique economic opportunity and behave like entrepreneurs?  Or...

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As part of the Advanced Statistics Class I'm teaching this term, I've asked students to build a regression model attempting to replicate Nate Silver's March Madness Sweet 16 Predictions. Nate's model is built using a variety of factors: Composite of five computer power ratings including Ken Pomeroy's ratings,...

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Momentum is Building in Pueblo!

Posted in Pueblo by  •  March 18, 2014

Momentum is building in Pueblo as some of the factors I've written about previously are beginning to play out right before my eyes. Earlier this month Community Energy and Xcel announced plans to build the largest solar array east of the Rocky Mountains near the Comanche Power Plant on the south edge of Pueblo. To...

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More Tips on Grad School

Posted in Education by  •  March 17, 2014

Recently I wrote about 3 Secrets to Success when applying to graduate school. I received some positive feedback from a few folks including a suggestion to check out a blog written by Matt Might, a Computer Science professor at the University of Utah. Matt's blog is a treasure trove of useful suggestions. His posts...

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Palm Springs, California - Software provider ESReye announced today, during its annual developer summit, that it will respond aggressively to competitive threats from open source software products like QueueGeeIS and cloud-based services like MapBocks by raising prices. According to Irwin M. Fletcher,...

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Since I started blogging about careers in GIS and graduate programs in geography I've received many emails and comments from people who want to get into grad school. Many of them don't really know where to start. When I started thinking about grad school back in 1991-1992 I didn't know where to start either. If I...

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