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The maths on English.
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To prove that correlation between two variables does not necessarily mean that one causes the other, Tyler Vigen has created a series of comical charts that show “spurious correlations.” A spurious correlation occurs when two things — like the rising divorce rate in Maine and the state’s plummeting margarine consumption […]
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Names are trending to the more unusual.
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Everyone has harbored dreams of being a professional musician at one time. But when you see the personal finances of cellist Zoe Keating — and the money she earns from online song and album sales via iTunes and Amazon — you’ll think twice about giving up your day job. Worse, […]
We now have $1.8 trillion stashed away.
Online dating grows ever more popular in our digital world. Dating sites are far more effective if they are capable of matching up people who are actually likely to talk to each other. But the goal of finding good matches is a difficult one. Recently, a research team led by […]
Travelling at Thanksgiving is often frustrating, and 2013 is poised to be especially terrible, with awful weather all along the East Coast. Using Bureau of Transportation Statistics data, we ranked 15 of the largest U.S. airlines by how many of their day-before-Thanksgiving flights arrived late over the years 2008-2012, as […]
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 […]
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 […]
I am a somewhat socially awkward person. This sometimes makes first dates a daunting proposition. People go on dates mainly to see if they click with each other, and to figure out if there is any potential for a liaison or a relationship. Being somewhat awkward, it is not always […]
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. […]
It’s official. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst NFL team in at least 24 years. The advanced statistics site Football Outsiders published a new set of data going into Week Five, and the Jaguars have the worst DVOA (a stat that measure a team’s overall efficiency) of any team they’ve […]
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 […]
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[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 […]
[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.
[credit provider=”The White House”] The White House had a live stream video of the State of the Union that was backed up by a series of charts and stats to drive home the points the President made. These 30 charts are the most significant stats from the speech.
[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) […]
Today several voices involved in the gun debate are testifying before the Senate Judiciary committee regarding gun control and rights.
True or not, every new year feels like a fresh start, even for hiring. And while things are still pretty bleak on Wall Street, there are some green chutes and hiring trends that everyone should be aware of.
International hacking group Anonymous has taken over INDEC, Argentina’s Bureau of Statistics, Urgente24 reports. Authorities have yet to reclaim the site since the group announced the hacking over Twitter yesterday.
[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 […]
Political stats guru Nate Silver had a pretty great run this year.
A lot has been written on the madness of amateur investors thinking they can pick stocks better than the professionals.
[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 […]
[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 […]
The United States has the highest gun ownership rates in the world and the second highest rate of gun deaths among industrialized nations.
[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.
There’s a cliche about how if you torture data long enough, you can get it to confess anything you want.
[credit provider=”Andrew Gelman and Antony Unwin” url=”http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~gelman/presentations/vistalk4.pdf”] Andrew Gelman is the Director of the Applied Statistics centre at Columbia University and is one of the most respected data scientists in the field. He’s penned a number of texts that have gone on to become classics.
[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.
Jeff Leek at Simply Statistics has a great post that explains how Fox News presents data in a really tricky way.
[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.
[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.
Even a rudimentary look at probability can give new insights about how to interpret data.
Nate Silver, the New York Times prognosticator who used a knowledge of statistics and polling data to accurately forecast the election, just gave a huge hint as to what his plans are next.
A new report from the BLS takes a look at the most common workplace injuries that resulted in people missing days.
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
With all the successful entrepreneurs making headlines these days, it may appear that anyone can launch a company — which is true.
[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 […]
[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.
[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 […]
[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 […]
[credit provider=”John Moss, EAM Investors”] Individual investors make mistakes, especially new ones. But do they learn over time?That’s the question in a new behavioural finance paper from Maximilian Koestner, Steffen Meyer, and Andreas Hackethal.
A commonly cited source of tension in China is rising inequality between the few concentrated centres of manufacturing and the rest of the country. The usual data used to make that point is GDP per capita within regions.
[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 […]
[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.
[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.
[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 […]
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/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, […]
[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.
[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.
[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 […]
[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.
[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.
[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.