Statistics save the world

Yes, I am choking a blind lady but she’s a black belt and on the US Paralympic team so I don’t feel sorry for her I will be the first to admit that I’m not the warm fuzzy type. Maybe you’re like me, you’d like to do good for your community but you just can’t see yourself as a physician. Maybe your bedside manner is to snap at someone to quit being a whiner ....more

Statistics as social justice

To be honest, when I first began studying statistics social justice never entered the equation. Like most people in America, I think, I was concerned about problems like crime, poverty, low educational attainment of minority groups. Like most people, my concern didn’t translate into much actual effort on my part ....more

Ernie Smith: another judo legend

I have known Mr. Smith ...more

History in person at judo legends event

I'll be honest – not only agreed to come to the judo legends event ...more

What do you get for a 972% increase in hotel cost?

I’ve decided on my new career after we get 7 Generation Games into the hands of millions of players. I’m going to take some time off and become a travel blogger. ...more

Too bad you can't come to the judo legends dinner – but here's kind of my talk

(The judo legends event is sold out, but if you had a mad desire to know what was going on there, here is the outline of my talk which Hayward Nishioka ...more

What I learned about management from judo

You may not know, if you only read this blog for the statistics content or...more

No pain, no gain? Not exactly

The first time I won the national championships my motivation was to prove everybody wrong that that I couldn't do it. The last time I won the national championships, it was for practice. Even though I competed for 14 years, I can't remember a day that I wasn't really happy to be on the mat ....more

Critics, ass holes and how to tell the difference

I appreciate criticism. I really do. For example, we were recently green lit on Steam, which made me very excited....more

What makes the difference in a classroom?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post that showed student achievement was not what made a difference in whether students persisted in playing our games. With the exception of a few students who were very low achieving, e.g., non-readers in fourth-grade and up, there was little difference in the pretest scores of students who gave up at the first math problem and those who persisted. What did make the difference, then? ...more