Benjamin Bohr

Author's details

Name: Benjamin Bohr
Date registered: December 12, 2011
URL: http://www.fulcrum.com

Biography

Benjamin is a manager at Fulcrum Financial Inquiry. He specializes in statistics and data analysis for use in high-stakes litigation, business valuations, and other financial matters.

Latest posts

  1. From Hoops to Riches? — January 24, 2014
  2. Is the Stock Market Usually More Generous During the Holidays? — January 13, 2014
  3. ‘Twas the Season to Pirate New Christmas Movies — January 6, 2014
  4. Artificial Intelligence Solves the Perennial Whodunit of Unsigned Judicial Opinions — November 27, 2013
  5. The Popularity Spike of Nobel Prize Winners in the “Dismal Science” has Dismal Staying Power — October 17, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Cash Prizes Probably Don’t Incentivize Athletes to Go for Gold — 3 comments
  2. The 12 Days Of Christmas – A Lesson In How a Complex Appraisal Can Go Astray — 1 comment
  3. A “New” Method of Financing University Education that isn’t New — 1 comment
  4. A Primer on Regression Analysis — 1 comment
  5. Why You Don’t Really “Pay” $5,000 to Use Google — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Jan 24

From Hoops to Riches?

Forbes recently released its annual business valuations of National Basketball Association teams, concluding that most teams became much more valuable since last year (average annual growth of roughly 24%). At $1.35 billion, the LA Lakers for example, are reportedly worth 35% more today than they were a year ago. This year’s growth among all 30 …

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Jan 13

Is the Stock Market Usually More Generous During the Holidays?

Last year was phenomenal for investors in the stock market. The S&P 500, for example, generated total returns exceeding 26%, the highest annual return recorded since the tech bubble of the mid/late 1990s. These positive returns likely had investors in a positive mood going into the holidays, which might explain why returns during the “Holiday …

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Jan 06

‘Twas the Season to Pirate New Christmas Movies

When it came to satisfying their craving for Christmas movies, many people took to the internet in 2013 to pirate their favorite seasonal films. The rate by which these movies were downloaded provides one measure of the relative popularity of various Christmas titles. According to recently reported data, which records download counts of 33 pre-selected …

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Nov 27

Artificial Intelligence Solves the Perennial Whodunit of Unsigned Judicial Opinions

An academic article published this year by the Stanford Technology Law Review demonstrates how machine learning and natural language processing techniques can provide new insights within the study of law. Machine learning, a technique developed in the field of artificial intelligence, typically uses computer algorithms to identify (i.e. “learn”) patterns in large datasets. In many …

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Oct 17

The Popularity Spike of Nobel Prize Winners in the “Dismal Science” has Dismal Staying Power

The announcement of the Nobel Prize winners every October means that at least once a year a handful of economists become relatively popular. We can observe this spike in popularity using web search data reported by Google Trends. The chart below traces each Nobel laureate’s popularity before, during, and after the Prize was announced using …

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Oct 14

2013 Nobel Winners in Economics: Same Prize, Very Different Research

This morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored three Americans with the most prestigious award in Economics: the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (more commonly known as the “Nobel Prize”). The honorees, Dr. Eugene Fama, Dr. Lars Peter Hansen, and Dr. Robert Shiller, received this award “for their …

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Oct 09

#1 Rice, #2 Southern Methodist University…Another Problematic College Ranking

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new university ranking, the Faculty Media Impact Project, which purports to measure “the degree to which faculty share their research with the broader public” relative to the amount of public funding received. Conducted by the Center for a Public Anthropology (“the Center”), the study quantifies professors’ impact …

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Oct 03

According to a Scrawny Sample, Fatter Applicants are Less Likely to Get into Graduate School

A recently published article on “Weight Bias in Graduate School Admissions” (gated link here) inadvertently highlights the dangers of drawing global conclusions based on inappropriate samples. Based on responses from 97 applicants to one university’s psychology department, the study asserts that graduate applicants with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) tend to receive significantly fewer …

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Sep 26

Using Fatalities to Predict Humanitarian Aid

Last Tuesday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 shook with such violence that it created a new island off the coast of Pakistan, as well as tragically killing at least 515 people and affecting at least 300,000 more. The international community has attempted to provide relief and humanitarian assistance. A 2013 social science paper indicates that …

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Sep 25

Why Cataloguing Thousands of Essays Still Doesn’t Tell You Whether Student Writing Has Improved

According to a recent article in Canada’s largest national newspaper, students and young adults have not become worse writers since the advent of new(ish) technologies like text messaging, Twitter, and Facebook. If anything, says the article, writers have become better over time in part thanks to new opportunities to write and create with these new …

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