Category Archives: Data in the News

Reflection on 538, Trump, and Bayes

Was the run-up to the recent election an example of failed statistics? Pundits have been saying how bad the polling was. Sure, there might have been some things pollsters could have done better, but consider: FiveThirtyEight, on the morning of the election, … Continue reading

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Starting the Second Semester: Liar’s Logic

Day one of semester two. In this “regular” stats class, we’ve basically spent the first semester on issues in descriptive statistics; it’s time to turn towards inferential stats. Not that we will leave all things descriptive behind. I can’t separate … Continue reading

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Trust the Data: A good idea?

When we last left our hero, he was wringing his hands about teaching stats and being behind; we saw a combination of atavistic coverage-worship and stick-it-to-the-man, can-do support for authenticity in math education. The gaping hole in the story was … Continue reading

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More data! Pedestrian accidents in NYC

The city’s transportation planners released this report, which looks at 7,000 vehicular crashes involving pedestrians, on Aug. 16, 2010. It finds that jaywalkers fared better than those who waited at intersections, and that privately owned vehicles were more likely to … Continue reading

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Outliers in the NYT: Reflections on normality

I need a good system to deal with those moments when you’re reading the news or listening to NPR and they bring up something that could fit into an actual lesson, connecting math to everyday life. This probably happens more … Continue reading

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