Cassiodorus' Web

Open source, Open data.

You will find here my work of the past decade or so. From about 2017 to the present, I have been working with North Carolina's elementary school data, and also the state's voter registration data. There are also some older odds and ends I hope you will find interesting. I am a data scientist by way of physics and pharmaceuticals, but not a statistician. I do descriptive statistics, not model building. 

The data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, NCDPI, is primarily in the extensive "disaggregated data" files (if any of you are from the Triangle, you probably know the Irregardless Cafe - my hypothesis is that "disaggregated" was coined over a well-oiled luncheon there). I have included links to these and other data files in the reports in the NCDPI section.

My interest lies primarily in the demonstrably unuseful extension of standardized tests to the ranking of schools, and obstacles to opportunity equity for minority students. I have also looked closely at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools, and I present observations concerning the deficits in opportunity equity to be found there.

I have also done some analysis of the North Carolina State Bureau of Elections, NCSBE, voter registration data. In particular, I present comparisons of Democratic, Republican and Independent (NCSBE calls these Unafilliated) voter demographics specifically for active voters.

NCDPI Disaggregated Data Studies
2020

NCSBE Voter Registration Data
2020

For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy, Yale University Commencement (June 11, 1962)

"I never did repent for doing good"
A Companion to
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 

2009

Writing and Reading the
Declaration of Independence
An Eighteenth-Century Point of View

2011

Historical Foundations of
American Constitutionalism

2000

Christopher Marlowe
for the 21st Century

Duke University OLLI Class Notes
2013

CLIWOC Repurposed
2011

David Hopp
Durham North Carolina
info at cassiodorus.com
updated 13september2020