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Probability

Putting the Disaster in Natural Disasters: Why Many Choose to Live in Harm's Way

David Ropeik | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

As extreme weather events seem to be increasing around the world, changes consistent with the kinds of things climate change is predicted to cause, ma...

The Science of Preventing Crime

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Crime
Sidonie Sawyer

The new technology to help deter crime is called PredPol, a science fiction name to a real science that can predict the highest times and locations of upcoming crimes.

Majorly Perfect Baseball

Tim Chartier | Posted 05.28.2013 | Science
Tim Chartier

There is one statistic from the 2012 season that may be difficult to improve upon in 2013: the number of perfect games pitched in the major leagues.

A Probable Super Bowl

Tim Chartier | Posted 04.02.2013 | Science
Tim Chartier

If you miss any part of Sunday's big game, don't just hit the rewind button. Use the opportunity to explore the possibilities with math. Even though your couch-sitting body isn't getting any exercise, you can give your brain a good mental workout!

Why Investing Is Always a Gamble

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

We all know investing is risky. But most people never ask, "What kind of gambling is investing?" Why is this important? When it comes to investing people often confuse the need for luck with the need for skill.

Basketball 'Math' Tells When To Shoot, When Not

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 03.25.2012 | Science

Pass the ball? Shoot it? It’s not always easy for basketball players to tell just what to do with the ball. But a newly created mathematical model o...

Prostate Cancer Screening: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Please stop asking whether or not men have prostate cancer by using this test, in other words, because it is tantamount to asking for trouble.

The Other Black Swan

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

The world is full of White Swans -- if only one knows where to look for them. To prove my point, I boldly make the following predictions. I guarantee all of them will come true within the coming year.

March Madness for (Statistically Inclined) Dummies

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

If you follow a statistical framework and mix in your own judgment about upsets (or just random guessing), you'll have a much better chance of filling in a pretty good bracket.

The Incredible Power of Chance Events

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

The amazing things that have happened to me recently include kismet, random romance, encountering the famous and meeting my future wife in an unheated...