Thursday, June 12, 2014

Number Crunching for Fun and Profit (Well, for Fun and Coffee, at Least!)

After my post back in March about my color-coded table of the new rankings showing changes from last year to this year, I got a handful of e-mails asking about the raw data. I've gotten good at taking the PDFs of the rankings and turning them into spreadsheets, which is how I made this and other charts, and was happy to share the results of my work.

So imagine my surprise when I got this in the mail:

How nice! There's a Starbucks two blocks from my house, and though I rarely go there, they do have a CD I've been interested in.

So now we have a going rate for my spreadsheets! Ha!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 Hurricane Season Predictions

Hurricane Season started this week and both of the big players in the prediction game are forecasting “average or below average” seasons:


Named Storms:     8-13
Hurricanes            3-6
Major Hurricanes:  1-2 

Colorado State University (PDF)

Named Storms:     10
Hurricanes:           4   
Major Hurricanes:  1

In past years I’ve only tracked CSU’s predictions at the end of each season, so maybe I should go back and see what NOAA’s track record has been since 2005 as well.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

2014 Jazz Fest and “Climate Disruption”

The National Climate Assessment that the White House released this week, according to media talking points, has given us a new piece of jargon: since rising temperatures have plateaued, the alarmists can’t say “global warming”; and “climate change” sounds too mild, so the new term du jour is apparently “climate disruption”.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sloppy ABA Employment Statistics

The new ABA job numbers for the Class of 2013 were released yesterday. US News & World Report asks the same basic questions and divides graduates into the same basic categories as the ABA, so these will be the numbers that will make up 14% of next year’s USN&WR rankings and everyone is looking at how their schools’ numbers changed. (Screen caps after the jump).

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Law School Rankings: Color-Coded Changes, 2013 to 2014

Ever wonder what it would look like to take the US News & World Report Law School Rankings - all schools, all reported data - and color code the changes from the previous year in green (good change), red (bad change) and yellow (no change)? It would look something like this:

The entire, 29-page PDF of this is embedded below via SCRIBD.Com.

For good measure, I got the median LSAT and UGPA figures from the ABA that USN&WR uses to rank schools, but doesn’t publish, and put them next to the 25th and 75th percentiles of LSAT and UGPA, that they DO publish, but do NOT use to rank schools.

More explanations are on the first page of the document itself.

March 27, 2014 Update: Thanks to Paul Caron of Pepperdine School of Law and TaxProf Blog fame for catching that I had the math backwards in the Overall Score column. Those numbers now indicate +/- correctly and have the correct colors.

March 28, 2014 Update: Well, crap - I didn't know SCRIBD required people to join before they could download the PDF - sorry for that! Anyway, here's a direct link to it:

US News and World Report Law School Rankings: 2013 to 2014 Color-Coded Changes for All Reported Law Schools
And here it is embedded for on-line viewing at SCRIBD:

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