How the Pandemic has changed the Premium of Living in a City

How has the U.S. city fared over the course of the pandemic?

“I don’t think rentals will ever recover in Manhattan”

“I’m never going back to SF”

“There won’t be enough homes in America to support the suburban eisodos”

Rent prices are collapsing around the world due to COVID-19. All the benefits of living in a city- lots of people, lots of things to do, general hustle and bustle- are not possible right now.

I want to underscore that this movement is not accessible for everyone. Not everyone can choose to leave the city, and having that choice is a privilege.

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Probability vs. Possibility: Lottery Analysis in Quarantine

The probability of you winning is low, but the probability of someone winning is high. The paradox of the lottery.

It’s a scary time right now. Many people are losing their jobs, unemployment is past 20%, there is a global pandemic, and there doesn’t appear to be a clear path back to normalcy.

But the lottery is still being played in most states, with modifications. I know a few different people who play the lottery, and I was surprised to hear that they were still playing the game, despite it all. But as I thought about it more, the more sense it made (or so I thought).

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Why Did Bernie Sanders Drop out of the Election? Lessons from Game Theory

Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign on April 9th of 2020. He will remain on the ballot.

What happened?

I think that there are some lessons from game theory that can apply here.

Disclaimer: this is not a political article, I have no opinion on any of the candidates below, and none of this is written in support of any candidate over another.

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Spotify Sentiment Analysis: The Joy of the Jam

  • What you listen to influences your emotional state
  • It’s interesting to use music choices as a chance for reflection on the past
  • A R I Z O N A is a great band

I have been trying to figure out what to write about for a long time. Everything felt wrong or off that was outside of COVID-19, and I truly can’t contribute to that conversation, as much as I would like to. Not a virologist. Not an epidemiologist. I had a Waffle House dataset that I was going to use to model expected virus impact via number of store closures, but that felt wrong (if anyone wants it, reach out).

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The Reminder That We Are All Human

“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.”

Source: Neil Gaiman

I do not have the words for what is currently happening.

There is so much uncertainty. It is almost crushing, the sheer weight of the unknown. I didn’t realize that it would be so heavy. I didn’t understand how much I relied on knowledge, on the fact that today would at least be similar to tomorrow, that yesterday was like today, and that this would repeat indefinitely.

I didn’t realize how much I was taking for granted.

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