In the ideal world, if we all were statisticians, had perfect data, and approached everything objectively, we would distill the portion of stereotypes that were actually real and omit the portion that are societal caricatures.
Since the beginning of November, we have been tracking consumer's Thanksgiving plans and traditions, while also looking at Thanksgiving data from the previous year to study the changes. We learned a lot.
As everyone knows, there's nothing guys like talking about more than math. No, wait, that's not right, it's...oh, yeah: dicks! Guys like nothing better than talking about their dicks! But I believe that guys will talk about math, as long as that discussion centers on their dicks.
We are drowning in studies and statistics, many of them dead wrong. This data is no longer coming just from the academic side, but a concerted push for publishing data and studies is now coming from enterprises too that are generating a lot of "big data" as a side-effect of their operations.
Here we go again. What is journalism? Who is a journalist? How do you educate journalists? It's an existential question that's becoming more pertinen...
Gender inequality is still alive and well in the art world. Understanding that numbers speak louder than words, artist Micol Hebron spearheaded a coll...
Outside of peak election season, internal campaign polls are used to inform long-term strategic decisions. But deciding when it is "normal" to poll is often a delicate balancing act.
The Emancipation Proclamation took place a hundred and fifty years ago. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order delivered by President A...
Fashion trends come and go as fast as you can change your lipstick shade, but could hemlines and the amount of shoes lying around in a woman's closet predict the economic future?
The latest pronouncement from the College Board, that private corporation that makes millions devising standardized tests, reveals that its vice president for higher education, James Montoya would definitely fail the statistics section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The students I hope to reach have over-worked parents who will in all probability cannot spare the time to read this. Many of these students don't have access to computers. Many of these parents might not even read English.
There are 1.3 million more young adults (ages 19 to 25) with health insurance than before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010. The rate of young people without health insurance has also dropped since 2009 from 31.4 percent to 27.2 percent.
Next time you hear an amazing statistic, listen to your intuition and start asking questions about how the number was generated and what part of human experience was left out of the equation.
It is a wonderful time--in the midst of a data revolution--to be a biostatistician. Quantitative neuroscience provides the opportunity for statisticians to be at the forefront of the most exciting challenge in science today by providing the critical skills needed to address it properly.
It is true that the tactics for managing and analyzing Big Data are changing and improving, but the strategies for working with Big Data, as well as small data, are still based on a rock-solid foundation of good statistical thinking.
Even if we count votes by hand, there will be mistakes. How can we have confidence in the results?