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Data in the News

The Data in the News Series looks at current events through the lens of data. We look at interesting quantifiable trends, find new and sometimes spurious correlations, and analyze data-based claims made by politicians and public figures.
2016 Presidential Media Blackouts: Not Just Conspiracy

2016 Presidential Media Blackouts: Not Just Conspiracy

Published on January 12 by Ryan Whitacker In my last post I talked about correlations between media coverage and poll numbers for Republican presidential candidates. The most common response from non-Trump supporters was a claim that their candidate is being treated...

Is All Publicity Good Publicity for Republicans?

Is All Publicity Good Publicity for Republicans?

Published on December 19, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker It's been said that "all publicity is good publicity." Our analysis shows that this is mostly true in the Republican primary: unless you're Jeb Bush. We analyzed the correlation between search interest on Google Trends...

How Much Universal Healthcare Would Cost in the US

How Much Universal Healthcare Would Cost in the US

Published November 11, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker I recently published an article calculating the costs of all Bernie Sander's proposals. The article spread quickly on Facebook and Reddit; the most common disagreement (by far) could be paraphrased, "Universal Healthcare...

What Bernie Sanders's Proposals Would REALLY Cost

Published October 16, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker Updated on October 22, 2015 The WSJ estimated (badly) that everything Bernie Sanders wants would cost an astounding $18 trillion - but the WSJ did this analysis in some kind of time vacuum with no supply or demand forces....