Is an auction the best way to solve the roommate/rent dilemma? At Freakonomics, referring to The rent is too damn fair! by Michael Jancsy et al. The title is a reference to “The Rent Is Too Damn High!”, political party and e-book by Matt Yglesias. (Conflict-of-interest disclosure: I know Jancsy, and I went to college with Yglesias’ wife.)
Larry Wasserman writes on Hunting for Manifolds. Given data that are close to some manifold, how do we estimate the underlying manifold?
RAND’s presidential election poll features some unorthodox methodology, including asking the same people repeatedly and asking them explicitly for the percentage chance that they’ll vote.
Steven Strogatz has a new series of math blog posts at the New York Times.
John Allen Paulos on Letterman. (Presumably from 1988.)
Handouts from Geometry and the Imagination, a summer workshop by John Conway, Peter Doyle, Jane Gilman and Bill Thurston in 1991.