Tag Archive | Statistics in the News

The Power of Position

How we position our bodies says a lot to others about our confidence and our abilities, but it also says a lot to us. Thanks to Cody Wanner for pointing me toward this wonderful TED video. I would love to know more about her study techniques, and the graph with a non-zero baseline bugs me, […]

Want a Good Career? Consider Math/Stats!

Yet another ranking of top jobs has highlighted careers in Mathematics and Statistics as among the very best career options. I’m not sure exactly what to make of the ranking, since the graphic they used at the top doesn’t seem to correspond to the piece, and there seems to be a ranking on the top […]

TMQ Tidbits of the Week

Once again, here is the best of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.com. You can read the football bits here. A Cosmic Thought A generation ago “exoplanets” — beyond the solar system — had not been found. Now hundreds are known and the list grows weekly. Recently NASA’s Kepler probe, the first space device specifically designed to look […]

Multiple Guess

Test takers and givers have long debated whether it is wise to stick with your initial answer or switch when in doubt. The usual suggestion is to stick with your “gut reaction”, but does the data bear this out? Actually, no. This article at PSYBlog discusses the data, and conjectures about the reason. I’m sure […]

DHA Could Help Poor Readers

In a recent randomized double blind trial, adding the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA to a students diet resulted in improved reading scores. Here is a taste of a piece from STATS fellow Maia Szalavitz: Researchers at Oxford University’s Center for Evidence-Based Intervention studied 362 7- to 9-year-old children who had placed in the bottom third […]