Entries by David Anderson

Refereeing as a Bayesian exercise

Good referees want to get the call and the game “right”.  We’re also human so we have to deal with decision overload, incomplete information and players actively trying to game our judgement.  So what do good referees do? They go Bayesian. Or at least that is what an interesting baseball sabrmetrics article argues: Researchers confirmed […]

Federalizing Medicaid funding

#Oklahoma #Medicaid agency announces 25% provider rate cuts https://t.co/HgISSTpHiC — Jessica Kahn (@JessPKahn) April 1, 2016 And another story from Oklahoma: Facing a $1.3 billion budget hole, the Oklahoma House has passed legislation that would cut 111,000 Oklahomans from Medicaid. House members on Wednesday passed the bill 65-34 mostly along partisan lines and sent it […]

Solidarity on the field

Some interesting sports/labor news from SI: In the latest labor salvo between the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation, the five most prominent members of the USWNT have filed an action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (a government agency) accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination in relation to […]

ACA health status is a big deal

I like Kevin Drum but he is getting this wrong: It’s true that Obamacare enrollees tended to be sicker than pre-Obamacareindividual enrollees. But that’s not because Obamacare enrollees are especially sick. In fact, they’re nearly identical to people enrolled through employer plans, which take all comers and therefore come pretty close to representing the average […]