Most popular posts on Separating Hyperplanes

10/08/2013 08:18:00 PM
I intended to write this on the blog's birthday, but that came and went a couple months ago. So now is as good a time as any. Here are the top ten most visited posts on Separating Hyperplanes:
  1. In-Home HIV Testing with OraQuick
    I'm quite shocked this one tops the list, actually. I wrote the post to try to show some solidarity with the HIV community, and to encourage more people to get tested. However, I never really expected anyone to actually read this post. I also never expected the trolls advertising African witch-doctors claiming to cure HIV. One of the saddest scams I ever heard of.
  2. Unbundling: Why Matt Yglesias is wrong
    This is the non-math version of one of my favorite posts here. I wrote it to show that bundling harms consumers in non-competitive markets. It is an extremely elementary result in game theory, but ended up being a bit more revolutionary on the blogosphere than I expected.
  3. Why bets aren't a good measure of beliefs
    Inspired by the recent release of the IPCC's 2013 report, this post entered the bets-vs-beliefs debate several months late, but I guess the controversy is still raging.
  4. Should Stores Charge Different Prices for Different Size Clothes?
    Inspired by a shopping trip with my best friend. I did not expect anyone to read this one, but I have since learned not to underestimate online consumerism.
  5. Waldman on Capital Gains Taxes
    I explore some critiques of the famous Chamely-Judd results.
  6. The Reinhart-Rogoff Fiasco
    Some commentary on the infamous "death by excel" incident.
  7. What was the probability that Zimmerman was right?
    One of the few occasions where I can write about Bayes Theorem and actually have it be relevant to current events. A follow up post with better data is here.
  8. A Tale of Two New Keynesian Models, or Noah Smith v. Paul Krugman
    I explore some of the weird phenomena that can arise in New Keynesian liquidity trap models. As an aside, ever since publishing this post I've felt guilty about it's title. See, I never even read A Tale of Two Cities.
  9. A few thoughts on statistical significance
    Inspired by a small error made by Aaron Carroll over at The Incidental Economist, actually.
  10. Artificial sweeteners: behavior matters
    Wherein I disprove the theory of economic rationality (at least as it applies to sweetened beverages). This really should be higher on the list, in my humble opinion.
Of course, there's always some amount of randomness about what becomes popular and what doesn't. It all depends on timing and weird factors affecting google Pagerank, as well as old-fashioned luck. Needless to say, some of my favorite posts aren't listed here, and a few posts I really didn't expect many people to read are.