False claims and inaccurate statistics about modern families abound. Many of these focus on dads, the most misunderstood part of the modern family. Mainstream media is filled with headlines and references to surveys that get fathers completely wrong.
Lately, I've been hearing one phrase abused repeatedly, and it's worth a moment's reflection to consider its true meaning. That phrase is "small sample size." I hear this phrase in every broadcast, every hour, before every hard stop for a commercial break.
For my entire career I just thought that I was a statistician that was really good at finding the deep insights from data and who could write a bit of code in a few languages. Then, a few months ago I started taking some workshops at one of the hot new "trade schools" that teach code, analytics, marketing, UX and more.
It is widely assumed that crime is increasing, and is prima facie evidence of a breakdown of public order and private morality. Yet the facts point in quite the opposite direction. Indeed, the latest U.S. crime data has stunned even the most optimistic of observers.
Smoltz battled past those who would cite biased statistics with an injury comeback story and selflessness that can inspire any athlete.
I am closely following the UN Conference on Financing for Development happening now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am thinking of the potentialities and the (hopeful) opportunities that a conference of this caliber can have on a global scale, making a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of people in developing countries.
With another baseball season underway, I've been reflecting on the revolution within the game. Since Michael Lewis' Moneyball hit the shelves, baseball analytics departments have become the "thing" in front offices all around the game.
The fact that LGBT issues were raised at the Commission has already come to the attention of the Center for Family and Human Rights, an anti-gay UN watchdog group. For LGBT people, the power of visibility and information is undeniable.
There is little evidence to support concerns that PG-13 rated movies are sparking an epidemic of gun violence among youth because there is no epidemic of gun violence among youth.
Data science is all the rage. Almost every CMO I know wants a data scientist for their very own - they are the status symbol du jour for senior executives everywhere. But... building the right data science team for your organization is not as easy as picking the right data scientist.
While watching the National Championship game between Ohio State and Oregon, I wondered in the midst of the blitzing commercialism, how many of those dollars went toward protecting the packed stadium of loyal fans?
A "Sexy Ebola Costume" is a dumb joke, but it's also part of a broader attitude.
The sheer prevalence of rape and sexual assault can engender feelings of helplessness, if not outright apathy. Why even bother with fighting back, when it all feels so deeply entrenched and systemic?
The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.
The struggle for equality isn't just about equal rights, but also equal accountability, and an abuser is an abuser -- man or woman.
Our modern world still conforms to an archaic double standard when it comes to the assumptions surrounding a woman who's single. When a high-value man is single he's viewed as "playing the field" or hasn't met the "right woman." When a high-value woman is single it's assumed to mean that men don't want her (for good reason.)