i just came across this, but i haven't had time to look it over much. wife and kids just got home.<br><br><a href="http://www.sq.4mg.com/stateIQ-income.htm">link here</a><br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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#202633 - 11/05/0408:50 PMRe: voter's IQ / average salary
mmm... stats, IQ, aren't they fun!?! For instance, using your data, plus a pdf from the Decennial US census survey, I decided to do something non-controversial by correlating state IQ with state minority %. What a fun and objective excercise, right?<br>http://www.freddiemac.com/news/factbook/pdf/2004/36.pdf<br>(my % minority source)<br><br>Funny thing -<br><br>the top three states with the highest minority % population were all under the national IQ average! How 'bout that?<br>7 of the 10 states with highest minority % were under the national IQ average.<br>10 of the 10 states with the lowest minority % were over the national average IQ<br>22 of the 25 states with the lowest minority % were over the national average IQ<br><br>So.... Are minorities dumber? Are white folks smarter? Or perhaps do you want to rethink using IQ to make a point? Or at least tell us why it's consistent to imply that dumb people vote for bush, but that minorities aren't dumb - after all, I'm just applying the same measurement tool as you are. <br><br>However, if I missed your point, and you weren't implying that stupid people vote for bush, I apologize,<br>neye<br><br>
i forgot i posted this, but . . . um, i was just thinking people could see where their state was ranked for fun and bragging rights. i suppose you can analyze the stats and come to conclusions, but i figured it was just a neat little list and i wanted to come back and look at the methodology later on, which is why i posted it as a bit of a reminder to myself since i only got to glance at it before my wife showed up earlier.<br><br>i just looked at it again and notice they are calculating I.Q. scores from ACT and SAT scores. that's not possible. further, not all students take these tests and some students take classes for the test or take it many times, etc. but, the salary information is probably accurate. interesting how the highest minority percentage (D.C.) has a higher income than any of the states, eh? <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
#202636 - 11/05/0409:39 PMRe: voter's IQ / average salary
interesting how the highest minority percentage (D.C.) has a higher income than any of the states, eh?<br><br>hehe, that's ridiculous! I wonder what the lorenz curve would look like in DC!!!! In fact, that'd be a REALLY cool study to do. wonder if anyone's done that an superimposed them on each other.<br><br>time for me to go a-googlin!<br><br>neye<br><br>
i am guessing that there is a small minority of some extremely wealthy folks in D.C. -- they don't have a whole state of poor and middle class people bringing the average income down, thus the high salary average there. the lorenz curve should really bring this discrepancy to light. if you do it, i'd love to see the results.<br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
#202639 - 11/06/0403:33 AMRe: voter's IQ / average salary
the lorenz curve should really bring this discrepancy to light. if you do it, i'd love to see the results.<br><br>dude, I just got a programming bug up my butt and have been coding non-stop for the past 5 hours (very pleased with my results, but not pleased at what it's done to my sleep schedule). Next time I get a burst of energy for a project, I'll do the lorenz curves. But, so as not to leave it hanging, I've just sent three of my friends an e-mail asking if they can help out (one's a professional economist, one's about 6 months from being done with his econ phd, and the other just started her PhD program for economic policy in Princeton). So... we'll see how it goes!<br><br>neye :-)<br><br>
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