I just published a piece on the Hurricane Maria death toll numbers. Space is always limited with such pieces so I'll extend it a little bit here. Excess deaths estimates tend to have really wide uncertainty intervals and the Harvard study on the Hurricane Maria death toll is no exception. The reason for such extreme … Continue reading The Hurricane Maria Death Toll Numbers: An Extension of my Piece in The Conversation
Hello everyone. I haven't posted for a while, mainly because I've been completely swamped writing with creating my free online course which launches on Monday. The course is on exactly the sort of material I cover on the blog so if you're following the blog you should seriously consider signing up for the course. It's … Continue reading My Free Online Course is Ready and About to Launch!
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My rejoinder (with Stijn van Weezel) to Hagopian et al is out. Hooray! See this earlier post for background. Please have a read. It's short and sweet. Here's the abstract: Spagat and van Weezel have re-analysed the data of the University Collaborative Iraq Mortality Study (UCIMS) and found fatal weaknesses in the headline-grabbing estimate of 500,000 excess … Continue reading A Debate about Excess War Deaths: Part II
This post follows up on this one. However, rather than calling it "A Debate about Excess Deaths - Part 2" I went with the above title which is more descriptive of what's actually going on here.. In fact, it's bizarre that the Iraq Body Count (IBC) database has been dragooned into a debate about excess deaths. IBC … Continue reading Spewing Rancid Effluvia at Iraq Body Count – Part 1
I just got page proofs for a new paper on excess deaths in Iraq that I've written with Stijn van Weezel. This new paper is actually a rejoinder to a reply to an earlier paper I wrote with Stijn which was, in turn, a critique of a still earlier paper. In short, Stijn and I have … Continue reading A Debate about Excess War Deaths: Part I