IN WHICH Ross Rheingans-Yoo, a sometimes-poet and erstwhile student of Computer Science and Math, oc­cas­ion­al­ly writes on things of int­erest.

# Reading Feed (last update: April 14)

A collection of things that I was happy I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.

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Blog: Marginal Revolution | The importance of local milieus — "We find suggestive evidence that co-locating with future inventors may impact the probability of becoming an inventor. The most consistent effect is found for place of higher education; some positive effects are also evident from birthplace, whereas no consistent positive effect can be derived from individuals’ high school location."

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | How to upper-bound the probability of something bad — an algorithmist's guideline.

Blog: The Unit of Caring | Anonymous asked: you have the most hilariously naive politics i've ever seen... — "[in conclusion...] And I think anon is wrong about whether I need to grow a backbone."

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# Lower Tuitions at Stanford

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Stanford's in the news today for: Stanford just made tuition free for families earning less than $125,000 per year. The news is usually accompanied by pictures of smiling students and balloons: ...and it usually takes the article in question a few paragraphs to get around to noting that: The announcement is an expansion of Stanford's old financial aid policy, which previously applied to students from families making less than$100,000 per year. (...)

...which raises the question: Just how many students at Stanford come from families with incomes greater than $100k and less than$125k? ...and just how desperately did those families need to have their tuition costs reduced from $\leq$$13.5k[1] to$5k[2]? (EDIT | A bird in my ear mentions that \$100k/yr puts you in the 80%tile of American families, which seems at least approximately-correct.)

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About a year ago, Ken Griffin