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Three stars

I made the mistake of looking up my books on Amazon and found this stunner:

Andrew Gelman is the worst writer I’ve read thus far in the Political Science field. The book was painfult to read, he never made his point, it was incredibly redundant. This book should not be a book, it was an article unnecessarily stretched out for a book. Not for Political Scientist at all, nor for anyone with sincere inquiries about the paradox of voting in the States.

This sort of thing doesn’t really bother me (much)—the wonderful thing about the Web is that people can broadcast whatever they feel. What surprised me, though, was that this reviewer gave our book three stars! What would it take to get one or two-star review under these standards?

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Wolfram Demonstrations Project

"Members of International Organizations" from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Following Andrew’s post, some of you may be interested in the interactive displays of political data available through Wolfram’s (Mathematica) Demonstration project. For example, Seth Chandler created one for my UN General Assembly data, Michael Schreiber created an interactive tool to play with EU voting power distributions, and there is one for Congressional Apportionment. There are a host of other interesting ones (the one above this post shows maps based on whether countries are members of specific international organizations). A cool teaching/research tool.

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