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Demo on getting gun death data, reminder on Actuarial News, and reading over Meep's Shoulder  


5 June 2022, 16:25

Howdy all, while I’m busy with other things (end of school year, publication deadlines at work, grading actuarial exams, yadda yadda), here are a couple items.

Pulling gun death info from CDC WONDER

And a warning about working with provisional data from 2021.

As I note in the video, I have seen some people go with wonky numbers because they don’t realize that certain causes of death will get reported rapidly, and certain causes you will not get an enumeration for at least 6 months.

I demonstrate one technique you can use if you want to make year-over-year comparisons (you can also do the “12-month ending” comparison, but then you’d have to use a spreadsheet).

Read over my shoulder: Actuarial News

A reminder about my other website Actuarial News, where I’m mainly saving stories as I’m reading them for my general interests.

It’s not just a matter of not being able to blog about everything as it passes by (I’M BUSY), but that I’m often building up patterns in my brain that are fairly long term. Sometimes, I don’t know if something is noise or signal, so I just stick a pin in it. Just because I grab something does not mean I agree with it, think it’s truthful, factual, or otherwise. Sometimes I’m just trying to grab some sentiment at the time.

Most of the time, though, I’m just trying to grab decisions being made in real time, or predictions being made, so I can come back to them years later.

Read after me – some of my spring 2022 reading

Reading in general is my entertainment. Here are some of the books I read this spring.

I do like to look at a variety of fiction and non-fiction for entertainment purposes. Every so often something new, but a lot of them are re-reads (in the video above, the re-reads are Parker Pyne Investigates; I, Robot; and Dombey and Son. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy one semi-counts as a re-read in that I recognized all the scenes he performed, but the particular dramatic reading was new to me.)