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Statistical model could predict future disease outbreaks

May 24, 2019

Several University of Georgia researchers teamed up to create a statistical method that may allow public health and infectious…
Crisis and suicide prevention services struggle with demand after celebrity suicides

May 2, 2019

The United States may lack the resources needed to meet increases in demand for suicide prevention services that…
How Good a Match is It? Putting Statistics into Forensic Firearm Identification

February 8, 2018

On February 14, 1929, gunmen working for Al Capone disguised themselves as police officers, entered the warehouse of…
Researchers look to add statistical safeguards to data analysis and visualization software

May 23, 2017

Modern data visualization software makes it easy for users to explore large datasets in search of interesting correlations…
Next generation of statistical tools to be developed for the big data age

September 22, 2016

Statisticians are developing new ways to interpret the unprecedented amounts of data being generated continuously all around us.…
Big Thinking About Big Data

January 22, 2016

To Michael Jordan, the smart way to extract and analyze key information embedded in mountains of “Big Data”…
Damaged terror alert system

December 30, 2015

This level of bungling would be humorous if the stakes weren’t so high.  The terrorism threat advisory system…
Facebook: Transfiguring 985 million into 1 billion

August 31, 2015

In Mark Zuckerberg’s dream Sean Parker whispered “A million users a day isn’t cool, you know what’s cool?…
Probability simulations & flight MH370

August 17, 2015

Probability simulations help show distributions for both parametric and non-parametric analysis.  We will show this below, starting with…
Statistical Ideas: Celebrations, & annihilations

August 12, 2015

What are the chances that a child will predecease a parent? <4% (~1 in 50 children) 4%-8% (~1…
Statistical Ideas: Longevity risks, & lump sum payouts

August 4, 2015

The U.S. Treasury recently issued a rare and crucial Notice that constrains U.S. corporations in the process of paying…
Statistical Ideas: Distribution risks

August 3, 2015

From the simplest, parametric probability distributions, to the most sophisticated, nonparametric distributions, it is essential to learn the…
Statistical Ideas: Volatility in motion

July 13, 2015

Views on volatility are often only within recent context, causing sometimes influential advisers and investment banks to misguidedly extrapolate…
Statistical Ideas: Centenarian risk

July 2, 2015

Worry about the unknown causes people near retirement age to curtail risk exposure, which cuts off their future…
Statistical Ideas: Games and Monty Hall

June 22, 2015

The Monty Hall problem is an absorbing, conditional probability puzzle based on the American television game show, Let’s Make…
Statistical Ideas: Abnormal risks

June 4, 2015

The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Variations of…
Calculating how the Pacific was settled

April 22, 2015

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of…
Study maps U.S. climate opinion in unprecedented geographic detail

April 7, 2015

A team of Yale researchers has developed a new statistical model that accurately estimates public climate change opinion…
How Much Does a Software Developer Make in Every State of USA?

February 25, 2015

While salaries for software developers remain hot in California, they’ve stayed cold in North Dakota. In the following…
Fracking Responsible for Several Ohio Earthquakes, Scientists Say

January 7, 2015

A new report, published online in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, shows that the controversial…
Opinion: Bankers not as dishonest as purported

December 19, 2014

Bankers are a unique group of liars, somehow a problem running the financial system?  Cohn, Fehr, and Maréchal,…
Can one third of the statistically significant results be mistaken?

December 12, 2014

“If you use P=0.05 to suggest that you have made a discovery, you will be wrong at least…
astroML: Machine Learning for Astrophysics

November 20, 2014

The amount of scientific data available to researchers and society is increasing at a rapid pace. Modern data…
The rise of astrostatistics

November 11, 2014

In late 1801 the orbit of the newly discovered asteroid Ceres carried it behind the sun, and astronomers…
Where is that spacecraft: Statistically measuring uncertainty for space surveillance

September 23, 2014

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of…
Mathematicians formalize a method to measure how wrong we are

July 24, 2014

Statistical analysis is an indispensable tool in most of today’s science. John Turkey, one of the most important…
New model for belief-revision which accounts for confirmation bias

July 22, 2014

Many of our cognitive decisions can be said to be made without our own consent. For example, it…
Residential mobility does not explain delinquency, scientists argue

May 27, 2014

Many studies show that residential mobility is positively associated with the rate of delinquency among adolescents. However, Lauren Porter…
Good manners on death row

May 1, 2014

Crime rates are higher in the Southern states of the USA compared with other parts of the country.…
Urban physics: serendipitous observation leads to research linking physics and urban planning

April 22, 2014

Franz-Josef Ulm and a colleague were taking a break from a tough problem one afternoon when they spotted…
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