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January 15, 2013

"To transform education, Donorschoose hires a data scientist"

Cool findings in prospect. And some cool findings already.

Male teachers were more likely to express anger in their project requests, for example. They were also slightly more likely to be funded; the researcher attributed this to the anger, which was often righteous anger against injustice. There were also humorous findings: Married female teachers were most likely to use vaguely sexual terms in their requests. ("We're going to penetrate the subject material.")


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Their data fairly screams for a structural equation model. It would be interesting to see what that would uncover.

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