Untitled – May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

I am taking this race and economics course right now. It is pretty exciting – well actually, the class is boring. But the readings are very interesting. Many of the readings are about how researchers have used regression models to show relationships about race. For example, one economist looked at earnings potential and race to show that blacks are consistently underpaid. Another example showed an increase in segregation in schools in southern states since the civil rights act of 1964.

Well all of these statistics got me thinking about my life. I thought that maybe I could look at some event in my life to see if I could draw any conclusions if I looked at data statistically. Could I see visually when a relationship is over? Or could I see when I became addicted to coffee. Well that is what I have done. The first graph is my monthly mocha consumption at Tully’s since I started graduate school in 2004. These are based on my credit card receipts. It is clear from the graph that my coffee consumption dramatically increased in my second year of graduate school. I don’t know if it is because of Tully’s girl or me being addicted to coffee. You decide.

The second graph is the number of daily email communications from an ex-girlfriend over a period of 42 days. It is clear when the love was lost. By day 22, there was a change.

It is clear these findings are not as interesting as race and economics but maybe you will find them amusing.


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