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Before I became an obscure blogger and show business peon, I was an aspiring academic. I have a B.S. in Cognitive Psychology and have studied many statistical and data modeling techniques for dealing with large multivariate data sets.  I’ve tried to stay fresh in these skills over the years.

As such, I’ve been following the election polls closely.  And playing around a bit with some of the polling data; looking into the methods and models of the various polling outlets.  I’ve discovered a pattern in a few battleground state polls, particularly Ohio, which I can’t find anyone else noticing, at least anyone you can google.  Pollsters are almost uniformly under-weighing a couple unsung but key variables in “likely voter” data.  In my opinion, the correctly weighted model points to a clearer Barack Obama electoral victory than anyone in politics or the media anticipates.  To explain what I mean, look at…

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STweM

Ever seen ‘MT’ in the initial position of someone’s tweet and thought: ‘is that a typo?’

Actually no, it isn’t.

Rather, it is a signifier of the fact that the poster has kindly added a little value of their own to the tweet in republishing it by modifying it.

MT‘ means ‘modified tweet‘.

‘Why would you want to modify a tweet?’ you may not unreasonably ask.

As it happens, there are a plethora of reasons why an admiring user may wish to tweak the content of a tweet in order to boost the value it delivers whilst still ensuring a respectful attribution to the original poster.

These could include:

  • Changing a hashtag in order to share the content with another Twitter chat community
  • Indicating that you have added (or perhaps deleted) an element of the tweet, usually indicated by placing the altered element in [square brackets]…

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TechCrunch

Facebook doesn’t want to look like just another website, so it’s testing colorful new versions of Facebook.com on a very small percentage of logged out visitors. One features a 3D polygon art map of the Facebook universe, while another showcases an adorable couple.

So next time you login, or finally surrender and sign up, you might be greeted with something a lot more vibrant than text inputs.

Our writer Drew Olanoff called the tested poloygon design “ugly as sin” and “very busy”. Personally I dig it, though it does make finding the email address and password inputs a bit more difficult.

Facebook confirmed the images sent in by our awesome readers and watermarked by us are real but otherwise just gave the standard “we’re constantly testing new products and features across the site. We have nothing more to share at this time.” The data could prove that these designs confuse people…

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CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) – Saturday’s debate between conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly and liberal funnyman Jon Stewart was nothing like the televised presidential debates: After all, the prize for winning was a wrestling belt.

But nonetheless, the two television personalities stood behind lecterns and took their chances at questions from the moderator and audience.

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L’Oreal Social Media Chief Rachel Weiss

L’Oreal Social Media Chief Rachel Weiss Tells Us Why She’s Bored Of Pinterest http://ow.ly/ej4jY



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