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Data, they say, is the new oil, and open public data is the new commons. Give the people the facts, and they will use them to make informed decisions. Right? Except that’s not the bureaucratic instinct. Bureaucrats fear the free flow of information. And all too often they’ll try to quench it by intoning the magic word “,” and if that doesn’t work, ““, in the most idiotic ways and places possible.

This is a wide and general rule: whenever some tinpot official says something painfully dumb has to be done Because Security, the odds are better than even that they’re lazy, lying, and/or incompetent. (Think of this every time e.g. your work password expires and you’re required to change it.) There are so many specific examples that it’s hard to choose just one — but, conveniently, recently an old friend of mine stumbled across an example of this so vivid and unforgettable that I can’t write about it.

The situation is explored in depth , but to summarize: Gavin Chait, an independent development economist, asked local authorities in the UK to provide data on business properties registered in those areas, including whether those properties were vacant or not. A fifth of them were already publishing that information to their open-data websites; easy enough.

The value of that information should be obvious: determining economic trends over time, and making predictions; tracking the retailpocalypse, if and when it occurs; measuring the lifespan of businesses; more precisely estimating values and the timing of business real-estate development and investment; etcetera. Quite dry, if you ask me, but the kind(s) of thing which economists love.

So, naturally, Westminster City Council basically responded by claiming that this kind of open data would . No, wait, it gets worse! The forms of malicious activities which they claim would be encouraged by the open publication of registered business property data include, as mentioned, terrorism, but also identity fraud, money laundering, drug consumption, crack houses, and … wait for it … the horror! the horror! … “meeting places for young people, and rave parties.”

Obviously the vast pool of nefarious young people, terrorists, crack house builders, and ravers who are apparently poised to invade, once this Maginot Line of obscurity is breached, would never be able to find any vacant properties without the publication of this data. Truly, Westminster City Council is holding back a veritable tsunami of terror, identity theft, and drug abuse by keeping this toxically dangerous data away from our collective prying eyes.

It’s absurd, it’s painfully stupid, and I hope that Gavin’s forthcoming appeal overturns this risible idiocy. But it also an example of two worrying trends: locking up data which should be open, and the notion that the claim “it’s for security reasons,” no matter how ludicrous those reasons may be, is an unchallengeable magic spell which trumps any other consideration.

Public data should be a commons, not a treasure hoarded behind lock and key. But data be the new oil. I suspect that’s one big reason why bureaucrats instinctively want to keep it to themselves. (Before you quote “information wants to be free” at me, please keep in mind that that’s only half of what Stewart Brand said.)

“It’s for security,” though — that’s what really enrages me. No one should ever get to shut down conversation with the magic word “security.” Indeed, the opposite should be true: that claim should require far more supporting evidence than any other justification. Let’s hope we get to live in that world some day.

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It’s possible that Whitmer’s opposition to single payer might not be rooted in practical concerns, but in personal ones. Her father, Richard Whitmer, was president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan between 1988 and 2006. And in March, lobbyists for the company held a fundraiser for the Whitmer campaign. “The vibrancy of Michigan’s economic climate is driven by public policy put forward by our state’s Governor; and we believe Gretchen Whitmer will be a great leader for Michigan,” the lobbyists said in the invitation announcing the fundraiser, which was on Whitmer letterhead .

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Whitmer first ran for the state House in the 1990s when Loepp was a chief of staff to Democratic House Speaker Curtis Hertel Sr.

The BCBS fundraiser earlier this year is a sign that this relationship may still be going strong andillustrateshow the Democratic establishment and the company are, in Whitmer’s case, literally friends and family.

After being asked about her ties to BCBS, a spokesperson for Whitmer’s campaign emphasizedthe candidate’sworkwith incumbent Republican Gov.RickSnyderto expand Medicaid.He also pointed to Whitmer’s campaign promise to end Michigan’s drug immunity law, which makes it difficult to sue pharmaceutical companies.

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Q: What has made it possible for you to get where you are today?

We’ve now got our components, so it is time to calculate each pitcher’s DRA. Here are the steps we follow:

First, we put all of our identified components—value/PA, Swipe Rate Above Average, Takeoff Rate Above Average, and Errant Pitches Above Average—together into a new regression, this time looking for their combined effect on run expectancy. [2] We added two more variables that struck us as relevant: the percentage of each pitcher’s plate appearances that came as a starter versus as a reliever (we call this Starter Pitcher Percentage, or SPP) and the total number of batters faced. That gives us a total of six potential predictors for each pitcher to come up with their DRA for a season. We regress these using a method known as “MARS.” If the detail interests you, we invite you to enjoy the In Depth article , which discusses it further.

Second, to smooth out season-to-season variation, and to tease out the most accurate connection between these variables and runs allowed, we actually train our model on the previous three seasons. From this we derive the most accurate connection between our potential predictors and actual runs allowed by pitchers in the current run environment.

Finally, we take the connections determined by our model and use them to calculate each pitcher’s DRA for the current season: his Deserved Runs Average per nine innings. DRA does not distinguish between earned and unearned runs, because that distinction can be arbitrary and over the course of a season it tends to obscure rather than reveal differences between pitchers. We therefore adjust DRA so it is on the scale of Runs Allowed per nine innings (RA/9) rather than Earned Run Average (ERA). We understand that ERA is what many of you are used to, but once you get over that, you’ll be much happier.

We do ensure that, in converting runs per plate appearance to runs per nine innings, we use each pitcher’s individual ratio of batters-faced to innings pitched, rather than just a league average. This allows us to credit the pitchers who are most efficient, and avoid over-crediting pitchers who are putting baserunners on and getting lucky with the outcome. Pitchers in the latter category do not “deserve” the lower runs-allowed numbers they might (temporarily) be putting up.

What It Means So there you have it: DRA, explained. Most of you really don’t care how we got there; you just care that DRA will be easy to look up and be a good evaluator of pitcher performance. In both respects, you are in luck.

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As for the first issue, past DRA is available on our leaderboards right now . In-season DRA during 2015 will be calculated each night after the previous day’s games have concluded. You will be able to use DRA not only to put past pitching performances in context Easy Street Amaze Womens 9Fh1Vw
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