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World Cup Prediction Mathematics Explained

The World Cup is back, and everyone's got a pick for the winner. Gamblers have been predicting the outcome of sporting contests since the first foot race across the savannah, but in recent years a unique type of statistical analysis has taken over the prediction business.

June 11, 2014 — Michael Moyer
Where Are the Real Errors in Political Polls?

Where Are the Real Errors in Political Polls?

"Clinton crushes Biden in hypothetical 2016 matchup: Poll." This was the headline of a MSNBC article on July 17, a full two years before the election in question.

November 4, 2014 — Meghana Ranganathan
When Numbers Are Used for a Witch Hunt

When Numbers Are Used for a Witch Hunt

I recently finished the excellent book Math on Trial by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez. In it, the authors collect examples where statistical errors have possibly altered the outcome of trials.

October 31, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb
Vacation: What’s the Point?

Vacation: What’s the Point?

It’s not really news when a journalist goes cherry-picking for juicy tidbits to fit a narrative, is it? We all fall into the trap of going too easy on the things we want to believe.

July 24, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
A Higher Murder Rate than New York and Los Angeles Combined

A Higher Murder Rate than New York and Los Angeles Combined

Today on the radio, I heard an announcer say, “Chicago has a higher murder rate than New York and Los Angeles combined.” The compassionate human being in me cringed, and the statistical pedant in me also cringed.

May 27, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Science in the Abstract: Don't Judge a Study by its Cover

A competition for attention lies at the heart of the scientific enterprise. And the abstract is its “blurb.” A scientific abstract is a summary used to attract readers to an article and to get a piece of research accepted for a conference presentation.

May 12, 2014 — Hilda Bastian

The Pitfalls of Disease Prevention Strategies

Act I: An ounce of “prevention.” “Prevention is better than cure.” Aphorisms like this go back a long way. And most of our dramatic triumphs against disease come from prevention: clean water, making roads and workplaces safer, antiseptic routines in hospital, reducing smoking, immunization, stemming the spread of HIV.

March 23, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Neuroscientists need a statistics refresher. That is the message of a new analysis in Nature Neuroscience that shows that more than half of 314 articles on neuroscience in elite journals   during an 18-month period failed to take adequate measures to ensure that statistically significant study results were not, in fact, erroneous.

March 27, 2014 — Gary Stix
Biomedical research: Believe it or not?

Biomedical research: Believe it or not?

It’s not often that a research article barrels down the straight toward its one millionth view.Thousands of biomedical papers are publishedevery day.

December 16, 2013 — Hilda Bastian

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