On Stanford’s COVID-19 Vaccination Algorithm

This past week, Stanford hospital administrators used an algorithm to decide who should be in the first group to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It didn't go well. https://twitter.com/MikeIsaac/status/1340015667114733569?s=20 The algorithm's output clearly didn't prioritize frontline workers, including the ~1,300 hospital residents who work closely with COVID-19 patients. Only about 7 of the 5,000 available first-round… Continue reading On Stanford’s COVID-19 Vaccination Algorithm

Field Notes: Building Data Dictionaries

The scariest ghost stories I know take place when the history of data -- how it’s collected, how it’s used, and what it’s meant to represent -- becomes an oral history, passed down as campfire stories from one generation of analysts to another like a spooky game of telephone. These stories include eerie phrases like… Continue reading Field Notes: Building Data Dictionaries