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The 25 Most Segregated Cities In America

R acial segregation in America is lasting longer than anyone expected. The average black person lives in a neighbourhood that is 45 per cent black, even though blacks represent only 13 per cent of the population, according to professors John Logan and Brian Stults at Brown and Florida State. Logan […]
The 25 Most Segregated Cities In America
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The Biggest Ball Hogs In The NBA

Who are the biggest ball hogs in the NBA? And how do we figure out who they are? In the past we’ve had to use things like shot attempts per game and assist rate to measure the degree to which a player hogs the ball. If you don’t have a […]
The Biggest Ball Hogs In The NBA
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This Ominous Stat Is A Huge Red Flag For The New York Jets

The New York Jets are 5-4 after upsetting the New Orleans Saints at home on Sunday. Before the season, they were picked as the fifth-worst team in the league by the bookmakers. They traded their best player in Darrelle Revis before the draft and inserted rookie Geno Smith at quarterback. […]
This Ominous Stat Is A Huge Red Flag For The New York Jets
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Why Chip Kelly’s Historically Productive Eagles Offence Can’t Score

Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski has a great article this morningon the deeply strange offensive season that the Philadelphia Eagles are having. The Eagles are on pace to challenge the NFL record for total offence in a season. They’re ranked 2nd in yards per game behind the Denver Broncos. But Philly is […]
Why Chip Kelly’s Historically Productive Eagles Offence Can’t Score
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One Of The Most Cited Stats In The Gun Debate Is Really Out Of Date

[credit provider=”The White House”] WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the numbers being hurled around in the gun control debate passed their freshness date eons ago. Perhaps none is more prominent than the claim that 40 per cent of gun sales take place without background checks.The statistic is ubiquitous these days […]
One Of The Most Cited Stats In The Gun Debate Is Really Out Of Date
Strategy

MBAs Can’t Afford To End Their maths Education With Calculus

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/Harvard_Commencement_1911.jpg”] From financial transactions to consumer purchases to political polling, a torrent of data now flows into every area of the global economy.Yet that river of information is meaningless without a workforce that can harness and analyse it.
MBAs Can’t Afford To End Their maths Education With Calculus
Markets

The IMF Has Put Argentina On The Road To The Worst Punishment It Can Possibly Give

[credit provider=”YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWTwjvltrGA”] It has come to this: Argentina has until November to change it’s statistics on inflation and GDP or get kicked out of the International Monetary Fund.This story goes back to 2007, when late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner fired the statisticians in INDEC (the Argentine Bureau of Statistics) […]
The IMF Has Put Argentina On The Road To The Worst Punishment It Can Possibly Give
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Violent Crimes In The US Jumped At The Beginning Of 2012

[credit provider=”Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian”] While some types of violent crime dropped early last year, as a whole, violent crimes were up across the country, according to a new FBI report.The number of violent crimes increased from January through June 2012, jumping 1.9 per cent from the same time period in […]
Violent Crimes In The US Jumped At The Beginning Of 2012
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CHARTS: See Which States Have The Most Of Gun Crimes

[credit provider=”Google Fusion/Simon Rogers” url=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/27/gun-crime-map-statistics”] How bad is gun crime in the US? The latest data from the FBI’s uniform crime reports provides a fascinating picture of the use of firearms in crimes across America.Barack Obama is under pressure to tighten gun laws after following the disclosure by police that […]
CHARTS: See Which States Have The Most Of Gun Crimes
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CENSUS: Whites Will Become A Minority In The United States By 2043

[credit provider=”besighyawn via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/besighyawn/2469470367/”] The Census Bureau forecasts that the U.S. will become a minority-majority population for the first time in 2043, according to its first set of new population projections based on the most recent 2010 U.S. Census,This means that non-Hispanic whites will, for the first time, comprise less […]
CENSUS: Whites Will Become A Minority In The United States By 2043
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Experts Explain Why The FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Are Pretty Useless

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=hate%20crime&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1355177142&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=81735072dbf04e0c93b056bd13f5c8cc&dbm=PY2007&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Take the FBI’s report on hate crimes with a grain of salt.The data, which suggested that Mississippi had America’s fewest hate crimes in 2011, is highly dependent on reports from local police, some of whom are better at reporting hate crimes than others.
Experts Explain Why The FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Are Pretty Useless
Markets

Seriously, Go Buy A Powerball Ticket Right Now!

[credit provider=”ABC News Youtube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-34d8PTqnuQ”] You’ve probably heard that buying a lottery ticket is a huge waste of money. People call it the “idiot tax.”Normally, that’s harsh but relatively accurate.
Seriously, Go Buy A Powerball Ticket Right Now!
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The Science Of College Football Rankings

[credit provider=”Streeter Lecka/Getty Images”] The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) college football rankings are in turmoil.For two weeks in a row, the top-ranked team has been upset by an underdog from central Texas.
The Science Of College Football Rankings
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How To Become Nate Silver In 9 Simple Steps

[credit provider=”sxsw via YouTube” url=”http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/”] Nate Silver has built one of the best models out there. It’s accurate, consistent, and totally scientific. One advantage of being totally scientific is that his model can be replicated.
How To Become Nate Silver In 9 Simple Steps
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The 25 Most Dangerous Cities In America

[credit provider=”Michael Smith/Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/baltimore-county-police-armoured-vehicle-leaves-the-scene-news-photo/1509048#”] Every year the FBI compiles a giant collection of data on crime in America. Local precincts report everything from violent crimes to rape to art thefts. And in a stroke of good news, the most recent report shows that violent crime last year was at a […]
The 25 Most Dangerous Cities In America
Lifestyle

Why So Many Chinese Billionaires Were Born In The Year Of The Rabbit

[credit provider=”Gus Lubin”] LAST month we published a chart showing that a disproportionate number of China’s billionaires were born in the year of the rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. We did not attempt to argue why this is so. Hurun, a Shanghai-based luxury publishing and events group, has spotted […]
Why So Many Chinese Billionaires Were Born In The Year Of The Rabbit
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Meet The Most Feared Statistician In Europe

[credit provider=”de.wikipedia.org” url=”http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Radermacher_klein.jpg&filetimestamp=20070306155302″] LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Walter Radermacher wanted to be invisible, and working in his unremarkable office above a suburban shopping centre in Luxembourg, the European Union’s statistics chief nearly was.But everything changed for Radermacher one October afternoon three years ago, when he received an alarming letter from Athens […]
Meet The Most Feared Statistician In Europe
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Suicide Is Now The Number One Cause Of Injury-Related Death In The US

[credit provider=”Flickr/Crashmaster007″] Suicide has surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States, according to new research.From 2000 to 2009, the death rate for suicide ticked up 15 per cent while it decreased 25 per cent for car wrecks, the study found. Improved traffic […]
Suicide Is Now The Number One Cause Of Injury-Related Death In The US
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Nate Silver Explains The Most Important Concept In Statistics

[credit provider=”mattbuck / wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mattbuck”] One of the most important notions in probability and statistics is Bayes’ Theorem, and it can be a little difficult to understand.It involves negotiating probabilities of conditional events to find out what is really going on.
Nate Silver Explains The Most Important Concept In Statistics
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Report: Complaints About Violence In New York Schools Are At An All-Time High

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons / Jimlaneyjr” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ICS_MS_lockers.jpg”] Reports of violent incidents at New York City schools — including sexual assault and fighting — have increased by more than 50 since 2005, The New York Post reported.Alarmingly, it is the more serious crime stats that have increased, according to new statistics analysed […]
Report: Complaints About Violence In New York Schools Are At An All-Time High
Markets

NASSIM TALEB WARNS: Stay Out Of The Investment Industry

[credit provider=”www.fooledbyrandomness.com” url=”http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/pictures.htm”] Nassim Taleb – the man behind the term “black swan” – just published a new paper taking aim at Wall Street titled Why It is No Longer a Good Idea to Be in The Investment Industry.Taleb explains how as funds have become more and more concentrated among a growing […]
NASSIM TALEB WARNS: Stay Out Of The Investment Industry
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Paltry $30,000 Bonus Could Kill Lawyers’ Morale: BigLaw Associate

[credit provider=”Flickr/deltaMike” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/deltamike/1626425847/”] Times are still kind of tight for lawyers, but big dogs Quinn Emanuel, Sullivan & Cromwell and Cahill Gordon are actually paying out mid-year bonuses.The reactions are mixed at the firms, with associates at Quinn Emanuel — a major corporate litigation firm — complaining about the amount […]
Paltry $30,000 Bonus Could Kill Lawyers’ Morale: BigLaw Associate
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Bank Robbers Used Demand Notes More Often Than Weapons In 2011

[credit provider=”colin.brown/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinbrown/2160663850/”] Bank robberies in 2011 might have declined since 2010, but it seems thieves are still making a pretty penny since authorities never recovered $30 million they stole last year.The FBI, which recently released its 2011 bank crime statistics, found that 5,093 bank crimes were reported in 2011.
Bank Robbers Used Demand Notes More Often Than Weapons In 2011
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Only 4 Jobs In America Pay More Than Being A Lawyer

[credit provider=”Kevin mcShane/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lobraumeister/4066636415/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Despite the bleak job market for law school grads, things don’t look completely terrible for the legal industry.Lawyers are the fifth-highest paid professionals in the country, MSNBC reported Tuesday, analysing recent numbers from the Bureau of labour Statistics.
Only 4 Jobs In America Pay More Than Being A Lawyer
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A Shocking Number Of Prison Staffers Have Sex With Inmates

[credit provider=”California Department of Corrections” url=”http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/news/images/overcrowding/CIM1_081006v1.jpg”] State prison inmates are just as likely to have sexual contact with prison staff as they are with other prisoners, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report. The report found that about 5.3 per cent of former state prisoners reported sexual encounters of some […]
A Shocking Number Of Prison Staffers Have Sex With Inmates
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One Simple Ban Could Slash Teen Driving Deaths In Half

[credit provider=”Arthur Pennant on Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6396597345/”] Banning teen drivers from riding with friends could cut their risk of death almost in half.Drivers aged 16 and 17 who rode alone instead of with one other passenger their age had a 44 per cent less chance of dying in a car accident, […]
One Simple Ban Could Slash Teen Driving Deaths In Half
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Why More Startups Succeed In Silicon Valley: 22 Fascinating Research Findings

[credit provider=”LinkedIn via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/linkedin/5736889833/in/set-72157626757942010/”] Last year, the Startup Genome Project was created to “crack the innovation code and increase the success rate of startups.” Since then, researchers have worked with more than 13,000 companies to determine success and failure factors of startups all over the world.
Why More Startups Succeed In Silicon Valley: 22 Fascinating Research Findings
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15 Fascinating Facts About The Majority Of Americans

[credit provider=”Map by Jasper Johns (1961)” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jasper_Johns%27s_%27Map%27,_1961.jpg”] As divisive as things get these days, it’s easy to lose track of who the average American really is.Based on Census data, Pew and Gallup polls and more, we’ve identified some simple facts that are true about the majority of the 311,591,917 Americans.
15 Fascinating Facts About The Majority Of Americans
Markets

What You Need To Know Before Blowing Your Money At The Roulette Table

[credit provider=”Miasiena on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/miasiena/4673003338/”] Like most casino games, roulette is tough to beat. Not only is it a game with no skill, a player’s odds of winning are always in the house’s favour, no matter how she bets or how the croupier spins the wheel. Yet the game has fascinated […]
What You Need To Know Before Blowing Your Money At The Roulette Table
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We’ve Figured Out What New York Scratch Ticket Has The Best Payout

[credit provider=”New York Lottery” url=”nylottery.ny.gov”] Millions of New Yorkers can’t resist the lure of a huge payout from scratch tickets, even though the odds are stacked against them.We asked statistician Matt Briggs to calculate the expected payout for every ticket in the state.
We’ve Figured Out What New York Scratch Ticket Has The Best Payout
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New Alliance Of Models Reveals Scary Industry Statistics

[credit provider=”Getty Images / Michael Loccisano” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?cntractUrl=2&language=en-US&assetType=image&p=Michael+Loccisano”] New York models will gather for more than Fashion Week next week.This Monday, model Sara Ziff will launch The Model Alliance, a non-profit organisation advocating models’ rights.
New Alliance Of Models Reveals Scary Industry Statistics
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A Statistician Shares How To Pick Your Super Bowl Pool Like A Champ

[credit provider=”suttonstylepoints.wordpress.com” url=”http://suttonstylepoints.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/breaking-news-patriots-to-go-with-throwbacks/”] As the nation gears up for Super Bowl XLVI, you might pondering which numbers to bet on in your office pool. Typically office pools are 10 x 10 grids based on 100 squares, with each number representing the final digit in both team’s score. 
A Statistician Shares How To Pick Your Super Bowl Pool Like A Champ