Post #1: Data Collection and Beginnings

The goal of my project is to analyze the correlations between scoring and success in college basketball, and then to narrow my focus to teams that have had coaching changes in the past two years in order to determine whether those trends hold up and can be used to predict team success for new coaches.

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Post #3: Summary, Reflection, and Memo

As I have learned over the past few weeks, researching social science concepts is very different from the physics and math that I normally study. The answers are more difficult to define, and the underlying reasons are sometimes really hard to pinpoint. That being said, these past three weeks have also been very enjoyable as a way to step outside my academic comfort zone. At the end of this project, however, I am still struggling with understanding why I found what I did.

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Using wearable sensors in gymnastics

For my Monroe project, I would like to look into how gymnastics performance can be enhanced through wearable sensors. There are many ways that sensors can improve gymnastics performance, including indicating possible deductions that a gymnast can receive on the execution of skills, and locating possible injuries that may arise from an execution of a skill. In this project, I attempt to create a wearable sensor for a shoulder that a gymnast will be able to wear during practice to see the movement of the joint during the execution of certain skills.

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Post #2b: Weak Case Studies

Somalia:

Somalia is, according to both definitions, one of the best examples of a traditionally weak state. In fact, many experts consider Somalia to be beyond weak to the point where it is a failed state or even a collapsed state. From the breakdown of the authoritarian government in 1991, Somalia has constantly struggled with the formation and continuation of a functioning governing structure, which can be attributed to warlord and terrorist activity in the region as well as corruption and apathy. Even the recent election for the official government of Somalia lacks the legitimacy necessary to gain any monopoly over force or effective ability to govern. According to the “stateness” indicator published by Bertelsmann-Stiftung, Somalia is the worst functioning state in the world in terms of the government’s ability to administer its territory. By nearly all measures, Somalia is the weakest state on earth, which should make it very vulnerable to revolution.

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Post #2a: Strong Case Studies

Owing to the change in methodology I referenced in the last post, I chose five cases that I felt were somewhat evenly distributed over the spectrum of strong and weak states and that I felt would reveal information deeper than just for that specific state. These five cases, in order, are China, the United States, Somalia, Congo DR-Kinshasa, and North Korea. The first two (in this post) represent so-called strong states based on one of the two definitions from before, the next two (in the next post) represent weak or failed states, and North Korea is an outlier, reflecting both a strong and a weak state as I will explain below. The specific cases in each of these states should, hopefully, contribute to a more overarching set of reasons for why all countries, including these five, are moving beyond revolution, which will be explored in the memo and briefing.

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Existing Research on Demand for Abortions

My research is on demand in abortion markets, with particular interest in price elasticity. I have looked at several existing studies of abortion demand with different focuses. Because it is more difficult to try to analyze abortion demand on the whole, which can also differ significantly across different markets, existing studies are often very selective in scope. Existing research oftentimes focuses on one aspect of the abortion market, such as teen abortions, or on one type of policy, such as mandatory counseling laws. Thus far, I’ve compiled a number of these studies and their findings in order to get a more general picture of commonality in similar studies.

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Post #1: Definitions and Refocusing

As my project deals with a number of very similar political science concepts, I figured it would be best to begin a week ago with defining those terms which underlie the entire project. Given that I am focusing on revolutionary movements, the first idea that must be defined is political revolution; for that, I looked to a scholar who specializes in revolution, Patrick van Inwegen. According to van Inwegen, a political revolution is a change in regime characterized by being forcible, irregular, and popularly supported. Of course, this is not a really helpful definition unless the four main components are also defined, especially what is meant by regime change. Revolutions do not occur merely when the people in power are deposed and replaced. A change in the ruling ideology or party also does not constitute a change in regime; rather, regimes are defined by the systems and institutions which govern a country. For example, the United States might have a Republican administration currently, but the regime is that of a federal republic. If a new president were elected, the administration might change, but the regime would remain as a federal republic unless the way leaders are chosen or the way they rule is changed. A change in regime, however, is not enough according to van Inwegen; the change must also satisfy the other three conditions. For a true revolution to occur, the regime change must be undesired by some of those in power and must be brought about by a large group of the citizenry outside the normal political process. Thus, I am focusing on a very specific situation that, while relatively common in the twentieth century, has not truly occurred, in the opinions of most scholars, since the Arab Spring of 2010 and 2011.

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Abstract: William Anderson

Welcome to my Freshman Monroe research project on elasticity in abortion markets!

My project will respond to four questions. First, whether there is adequate public data on abortion rates to be able to synthesize a supply or demand curve from them (regardless of how constrained in scope or market size such a curve may be). Second, what degree of price elasticity exists for both supply and demand in the abortion market analyzed in the event either curves can be found. Third, whether the data found can provide insight into what impact supply-side restrictions and/or taxation (specifically originating in public policy) have on quantity and other considerations such as timing of abortions, and whether these data align with supply/demand models given the findings of the first two questions. Fourth and finally, how useful these findings are to public policy given unaccounted-for or uncontrolled variables in the data, such as consumers travelling outside of the market for abortions.

Populism of the 20th century and Donald Trump – abstract

Through this research I hope to compare Populism in the United States today to its utilization by Huey Long and Father Charles Coughlin during the 1930s and George Wallace in the 1960s. Further, I will explore how mainstream political parties dealt with the rise and popularity of those leaders but still barred them from achieving political success. I will begin by exploring and identifying the major themes and rhetoric associated with American populist politicians of the 20th century. Next, I will look more closely at the resurgence of Populism today by researching recent events, social and political movements, and the current administration in the United States. With this project I hope to produce a compiled analysis of historic populism and recent political movement written in the form of a literature review.

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Breaking Staff Notation (Sheet Music) to Reveal Its Presumptions About Music