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IHME and a Gates Foundation Critique

I was forwarded a recent article about the Gates Foundation and how it has partnered with news organizations like ABC News and The Guardian. And guess what? IHME makes an appearance in the second half of the second page! I wouldn’t say that it’s positive about my work, but I am delighted to see the technical appendix mentioned in print.

During my recent education in medicine, I’ve learned that an appendix is something that people think you don’t need. Also, if something goes wrong with it, it can kill you. And it’s true that the “webpendix” is 219 pages, but the bulk of that is pictures. The first 19 pages are a pretty decent stats paper about how we used Gaussian Processes to model really noisy time-series data.

 

Yearly percentage decline in mortality in children younger than 5 years between 1990 and 2010

 

 

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IHME and the two words of good journalism

The investigative journalist I.F. Stone once told an assembly of aspiring writers, “I am going to tell you a number of things, but if you really want to be a good journalist you only have to remember two words: governments lie.”

Exaggerate is a more diplomatic way to put it, and that’s how the headlines read regarding a new IHME report that came out in Lancet on Thursday. Here is the local edition, from the Seattle Times: Continue reading

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