Category Archive: Research and Polls

Sep 06

Business Insider Reports its Top Colleges

Business Insider has published its current listing of “The 50 Best Colleges in America”, which is based largely on government compiled data and student experience measurements compiled by Niche, an education research firm.  The rankings were based on the following criteria: High-quality education On-time graduation rates Early-career earnings “a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills …

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Aug 29

Excel Default Settings Can Cause Significant Analysis Errors

A recent study published in the scientific journal Genome Biology describes a concerning error rate in genetic studies caused by default settings in the commonly used spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel.  The default cell formatting option in Excel will inadvertently convert gene symbols to dates and floating-point numbers. Examples include: gene symbol SEPT2 (Septin 2) is converted by …

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May 06

IRS Workers Found to Have Evaded Tax Payment

A recent report indicated that over a 10 year period approximately 1,600 Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) employees willfully evaded their tax obligations.  The wrongful activity included: failing to file timely claiming improper dependents claiming improper first-time homebuyer credits The law calls for the termination of such employees unless it is waived by the IRS commissioner. …

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Jan 15

How Likely Are You to Get Audited?

Tax season is gearing up, an annual source of tension for many Americans. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) looms in the background, with a mission to “Provide America’s taxpayers top-quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all”. Yet the benevolent vibe of …

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Jan 12

How Hollywood Sees “The Accountant”

As recently reported by Variety, a new Warner Brothers film will put a face to the role of average mild mannered accountant.  Apparently, he looks like Ben Affleck. Of course, this particular accountant also moonlights as an assassin.  As one might.  And presumably hangs out with Anna Kendrick (role undefined) and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (your run …

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Dec 02

Should The Elderly Be Paying More for Movie Tickets?

A recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek discussed how in contrast to past generations, American seniors currently make up one of the wealthiest segments of the US population. According to Bloomberg, a combination of strong saving habits (honed from having lived through the Great Depression) and advantageous timing (having come of working age just after WWII …

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Feb 10

Top Risks for 2014

Protiviti, a consulting firm, and North Carolina State University Enterprise Risk Management Initiative released the results of a joint study “Executive Perspectives of Top Risks for 2014”.  The survey contained responses from over 370 board members and executives from various industries.  The top 10 risk concerning these board members and executives are: Regulatory changes and …

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Jan 07

Addressing Judicial Concerns About Consumer Surveys

In the course of affirming the district court’s decision in Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., 2013 WL 6017396, Judge Posner went a step further.  While upholding the injunction, he ended his assessment with some comments “for future reference” when it comes to consumer surveys offered to demonstrate consumer confusion …

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Jan 02

Most Productive Day of the Week?

According to a recent survey conducted by Accountemps, it is Tuesday.  Thirty-Nine percent of the Human Resources managers interviewed ranked  Tuesday as the most productive day of the week.  The survey was conducted by an independant research firm, with over 300 U.S. Human Resources managers being interviewed at companies with over 20 employees. How did …

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Oct 31

More Tricks Than Treats This Halloween

Happy Halloween to all my spooked blog readers interested in the current state of the “Halloween economy”. Last year’s discussion can be found here. This year the ghost of Halloween past has managed to spook some shoppers away. The scary tale of the US economy, among many other culprits, may be what is causing Halloween …

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