A brief and important submission to HEFCE from Sir David Spiegelhalter. If you need a really brief version:
- Indicators indicate, they do not measure what you really want to know, like the quality of someone’s work. What do you mean you haven’t written a definition of quality for me yet?
- As the indicators get simpler (or are simplified into one mega-index or league table), they become all the more amenable to gaming and create more perverse incentives.
Or as I have not yet tired of saying, statistics is no substitute for thinking.
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Use Stata? Want to make an interactive online map with markers at various locations, colored according to some characteristic, with pop-up information when they’re clicked on? Easy. Head over to my website and download stata2leaflet. It’s in a kind of alpha testing version, so what I really want are your suggestions on making it even better. You’ll see my plans for v0.2 there too.
You have data like this:
You type this:
stata2leaflet mlat mlong mlab, mcolorvar(mcol) replace nocomments ///
title("Here's my new map") ///
caption("Here's some more details")
A file appears which looks like this inside:
And opens in your browser like this (static version because of WordPress.com restrictions – clickety click for the real McCoy):