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The 2016 Democratic Presidential nominating process has become in part a competition over who can win over non-white voters. This is not surprising given that the Democratic Party is associated with representing the interests of minority voters. The Democratic Party... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at The Quantitative Peace
Last night, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1254 into law, making Idaho the seventh state in the US to allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses. The law allows anyone with an enhanced concealed weapons permit to carry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
One of the basic functions of government in the modern era is to provide security for its citizens. Sometimes governments are unwilling or incapable of producing enough security, and so instead they will delegate the use of force to private... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
One of the goals of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) was to institute term limits for all elected offices in Mexico. The term limits movement was in response to President Porfirio Diaz's rule over Mexico from 1877 to 1911, when he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at The Quantitative Peace
The 50th Anniversary episode of "Doctor Who" aired this week in theatres throughout the world. There was an interesting scene towards the end of the movie, which I would like to share. Below I give a very simplified version of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
This past Monday the Supreme Court agreed to hear a Florida death penalty case that deals with how states determine whether a death row inmate is mentally disabled. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for states... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Forcing the government to shutdown, instead of fully implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), may seem like a huge misstep by the Republican party, as most Americans would rather see the implementation of the ACA instead of the government shutdown.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
In May 2013 Allstate released its "America's Best Drivers Report", which identifies cities with residents who have the longest years between accidents. Boise is #2 on the list, so it caught my attention. The data are based on Allstate insurance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
Since I recently moved to Boise, I decided to learn more about the political history of Idaho. I discovered that there are several cases in the formation the Idaho political system that are relevant to the study of Comparative, American,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at The Quantitative Peace
I have posted a list of ice breaker questions below that can be fun to use during the first week of classes. Feel free to comment if you have any more suggestions! 1. If you could meet 3 people, real... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
For the last 15 years, more Americans have opted to take advantage of early voting opportunities (either through early in-person voting or mail ballots). By 2008, early voting compromised one third of the vote. Early voting seemed to help Democrats... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Thanks for the math correction- I fixed it. Question 1: Not sure if I am answering this correctly but... there are no information sets in the extensive form game. So Player 2 gets to observe Player 1 actions, and base its entire strategy on what Player 2 is doing. For example, Player 2 gets to decide, {Cooperate, Cooperate}, or in words, "If Player 1 Cooperates, then I Cooperate, and if Player 2 Defects, I Cooperate". IF there were an information set in the game, Player 2 could only play {Cooperate} or {Defect}. {Cooperate} would be "cooperate always", and {Defect} would be "defect always", no matter what Player 1 is doing. Question 2: I just made up -10. I assumed that (Losing > Winning > Punishment). Since winning was 0, I chose a reasonable number less than 0. As with Bruce's suggestions above, you could make this game more complicated, taking into account several more factors, like updating, observing the actions of multiple teams, or varying the cost of punishment. Also, as stated in the post, you could also vary the game to see how often the Badminton World Federation would have punish teams for cheating to make it beneficial to not cheat.
The Badminton World Federation disqualified four female badminton teams today from the London Olympics for unsportsmanlike behavior. These teams purposefully tried to lose their first match in a round robin event in order to be paired against easier teams in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
I had the opportunity to serve as a juror this week for a case in Ontario County, NY. This was the first time I served on a jury. I thought it would be funny to do something like this to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
In the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today, the court upheld the individual mandate provision today viewing it as a tax. The ruling stated that while Congress could not require people to buy insurance, Congress could... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Stevens’ criticisms of political science in her NY Times OP-Ed were not criticisms of political science per se; rather, they were criticisms of the scientific process in general. It is a frustrating process. It would be nice if we could... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that jails could strip search any new inmate regardless of their suspected crime. The majority opinion stated that it does not matter if an inmate is arrested for a minor offense such as an outstanding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at The Quantitative Peace
The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has been trying to crack down on drug cartels in Mexico for the last five years. The drug cartels have fiercely fought back and about 40,000 people have been killed. Because of all these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
A few weeks ago, it appeared as though certain House Republicans would have rather seen the country go into default rather than raise taxes. Now it seems that the GOP is willing to let the temporary payroll tax cuts expire... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Several recent studies by three University of California psychologists, Michael Kraus, Paul Piff, and Dacher Keltner, suggest that individuals with lower class incomes are more empathetic and more altruistic than individuals with higher class incomes. They argue that since lower... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert interviewed Amy Farrell, Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College, and author of the newly published book Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Here are some interesting observations from the Situation Room photo from yesterday. 1. The photo on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's laptop is blurred. This is obviously a classified document. 2. As some of the people on Reddit pointed out,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
The entire country of Liechtenstein is now up for rent. Yes, you read correctly, the entire country! It costs $70,000 a night, with a two night minimum, and there are accommodations for 900 guests. Some of the perks include being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
Earlier today I discussed how Wisconsin Senate Republicans could not credibly commit to compromising on the collective bargaining portion of Governor Walker's budget repair bill. To recap, the Republicans were trying to reduce the collective bargaining rights of public employees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace
What do the Wisconsin Senate Democrats hope to accomplish by being absent from the Senate and out of the state? Publicly they claim they fled the state in mid-February in order to prevent the Senate Republicans from passing a bill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at The Quantitative Peace