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2017 New Year Update

posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:22 PM by Mark Burkey

Finally, finally!  I have a little bit of time to make some new videos. And, for all of you asking, I promise that in May I am going to make some more Spatial Econometrics videos.  I know, I have broken promises before... but I will honestly try to avoid any more mishaps that keep me from that project.  Wish me luck??? ☺

The lost YouTuber returns... Fall 2016

posted Sep 3, 2016, 10:55 AM by Mark Burkey

Hi guys!  I am slowly getting back into making some videos.  Work is still very hectic, but I am forcing myself to make a few videos anyway.  It will take me a while to review my spatial econometrics material so that I can try to get a new videos on that topic done.  Also, in Fall 2016 I am going to try to post a few videos on Law and Economics. Check out my channel on YouTube for all of my new videos.  As always, feel free to email me requests, and if I A) Have time and B) Know enough about the topic, I'll be happy to help.

New Year 2014 Update

posted Dec 30, 2013, 11:54 AM by Mark Burkey   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 9:34 AM ]

A lot of you are asking me to continue my series on Spatial Econometrics, as I have been promising.  I am truly sorry I keep delaying this.  Every time I get ready to record, another committee or new class to teach comes up. I know my excuses don't help anyone, and I will continue to try to carve out some time for this.

As always, thanks for the support, and the poking and prodding-- I do appreciate it. The YouTube channel just crossed 400,000 views and 2,300 subscribers.  Both numbers are doubling roughly every 0.8 years.  At that rate, everyone in the world will be a subscriber within around 18 years! (You have to love the silly results of exponential extrapolation!)

Spatial Weights: Coming up Next!

posted Aug 7, 2013, 8:25 PM by Mark Burkey

This Summer I had planned to make a lot of progress on my Spatial Econometrics series, but continuing health problems slowed me down quite a bit.  However, now I am finally finishing up my background work on some videos on Spatial Weights Matrices.  Of course, I have created and used them often, but always want to attain a higher level understanding before I start teaching others.  Thanks for the patience and support!

Back From Canada and NARSC

posted Nov 12, 2012, 7:26 AM by Mark Burkey   [ updated Dec 15, 2012, 8:53 AM ]

I just returned from Canada last night, from the North American Regional Science Council meetings in Ottawa.  There were around 500 Economists, Geographers, and Management Scientists there from all over the world... the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Brasil, Columbia, Britain, Singapore, Sweden, Japan, Romania, Norway, China, ...  It has been an interesting transition in the past few years, from being the kid who nervously introduces himself to well-known scientists, to the "kids" coming up and introducing themselves to me!  :)  

Yesterday was Canada's "Remembrance Day", a day for honoring Veterans, and I got to watch the ceremony in front of Canada's Parliament building from my hotel window.  Ottawa is a nice city, I recommend it.  Try out Mill Street Brewery, and "Poutine", Canada's cheese curd and gravy fries.

Also while I was there the YouTube Channel surpassed 700 subscribers. Thanks for your support!
December 14th addendum: Now over 800!  Sorry for this constant updating... At some point I will stop. We will soon be at 1,000 subscribers and 200,000 views.  I need to make some more videos! 

Fall, 2012 Update

posted Oct 7, 2012, 10:18 AM by Mark Burkey   [ updated Dec 30, 2013, 11:36 AM ]

Recently BurkeyAcademy has grown to over 200 videos, 600 subscribers, and 150,000 video views!  Thanks for all of your support! As you may have noticed, after doing a poll I decided to add some Google ads in June. I decided my policy would be not to put overlay or "preview" commercials on videos related to classes I am currently teaching, and to try to keep the "preview: commercials to a minimum.  In case you are wondering, this is bringing in around $20 per month.  After taxes I expect to keep around half of that, which will help to defray some of my web hosting and other technology expenses for BurkeyAcademy (e.g. Tablet PC, lots of USB headsets). 

I have been doing a poll recently asking about suggestions for future topics.  I am going to try to start doing some on Income Inequality measures, and spatial statistics.  I just found a good Open Source GIS program (MapWindow).  That was the key thing holding me back on doing videos on Spatial Statistics/Econometrics, since I want my videos to use software that ANYONE can have access to, as much as possible. ARCGIS and Matlab are just too expensive for the masses, and my university certainly can't afford them for everyone.  But now I have a solution using MapWindow, GeoDa, and R for just about any kind of Spatial Statistics or Econometrics.  The one limit is with some kinds of Spatial Panel Data Analysis, which is a bit more limited in R, but Gianfranco Piras at WVU is working on a package for R called splm that estimates many models quite well.  I don't think it does the Spatial Durbin model, however.

Some have asked me to make more videos on time series data analysis, or fancy panel data models.  I am sorry, but I must decline here, since I am not an expert in this area.  I am afraid that I would either mislead you, or leave out some important bits if I went deeper into these models.  Keep making suggestions, though!
Thanks for all of your support!

Summer 2012 News

posted Jul 20, 2012, 8:45 AM by Mark Burkey

Well, BurkeyAcademy hit 500 subscribers in early July.  I have been spending most of my time editing The Review of Regional Studies (www.srsa.org/rrs) and writing my Game Theory book.  But, I have spent some time swimming with Pierce, my 2.7 year old son!  I hope you all have a great finish to your Summers (or Winters if you are in the Southern Hemisphere...).  Cheers-  Dr. B

BurkeyAcademy Milestones

posted Apr 6, 2012, 6:43 AM by Mark Burkey

Last week the YouTube Channel hit 100,000 video views, and today marked the 400th subscriber!  The 400th subscriber send me this wonderful message:
Sir, coming across your channel is one of the best things to happen to me this year. On behalf of all the students in Singapore who are struggling with Econometrics, thank you so much for sharing with us your knowledge in the most clear and concise manner possible. You're a life saver and a godsend.       
Wow.  This is why I do it, because of people like you.

Additionally, I am experimenting with ads on a few of my videos.  I am curious to see what kind of ads they use, how intrusive they are, and find out what you think.  Send me an email or message on YouTube if you have any comments.  Thanks!  -Dr. B

New Technology

posted Mar 15, 2012, 8:21 PM by Mark Burkey   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 8:23 PM ]

I just acquired a newer Tablet PC-- still old, but much better than the old HP I was using (with a Pentium D processor).  This one is a Dell Latitude XT with a Core2Duo that I got on EBAY on the cheap, but it needed a lot of work.  I have been upgrading and tweaking, and have just made some videos for my Intermediate Micro series.  See what you think!  For example:  The Dual Problem.  It seems very smooth so far, without the voice skips and out-of-sync voice problems I was having.
Please let me know of any requests you have for videos!  -Dr. B

About Accepting Google Ads

posted Jan 15, 2012, 1:19 PM by Mark Burkey

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to respond to the poll question.  You have given me a lot of good feedback.  Some have said yes, take the money.  Others have said no, because this should be something I do just for goodness' sake.  I do agree- that I am not doing this for the money.  However, one person mirrored my feelings pretty accurately, basically saying "Take the ads and the money if it will give you the resources to make more videos."  

That is exactly what I have in mind-- I need resources in order to develop this channel into its best form-- mostly time, but also some technology.  I just acquired a 6 year old Tablet PC so that I can make some better videos doing mathematics by hand. Although I spent some money upgrading this PC, and it is *barely* functional at recording HD video, I can't run any additional programs while recording.  So, while this is a tool I can use for the job, I am still very limited.  

If I could earn a little money through the ads to buy a nice, newer Tablet PC, I could do so much more.  And, if somehow enough money was earned, I could take off all Summer and devote time to making more videos, developing workbooks, and other resources for you.

However, I am still on the fence, because... well, ads are just annoying!
-Dr. B

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