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What Do People Want to Do With Their Lives?

43 Things is a goal-setting community where people set goals, cheer each other on, and connect with others who are trying to achieve the same thing. Even if you're not…

Our Non-ability to Misunderstand Statistics of Rare Events

Cory Doctorow from The Guardian writes about our inability to understand the statistics of rare events. We obsess so much over the near-impossible probability that something could happen that it…

Statistics is a Diverse Field With Different Paths of Study

It's a focused expertise, but statistcs can be applied to a broad range of fields that produce data.

U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 Statistical Abstract – Looking at America’s Data

The U.S. Census Bureau released their 2008 Statistical Abstract, the National Data Book, not too long ago (um, like in January). There are state rankings and data in 30 categories…

The Safest Seat to Sit In On a Plane is…

Popular Mechanics did a study on where it was safest to sit on an airplane based on all commercial jet crashes since 1971. Contrary to expert statements that "one seat…

Why Did Andy Dufresne Escape from Shawshank?

To tell a complete and meaningful story, you need to have and provide all the context.

Data and Statistics For Human Rights

Patrick Ball, a human rights statistician, finds truth in numbers while analyzing and consulting to find patterns and uncover scale in crimes against humanity. The tension started in the witness…

Atheist Statistics For 2008 – Do You Believe These?

This video shows statistics centered around atheism, claiming that atheism is correlated with a healthy society. I don't want to turn this into a religious debate, but I really don't…

Reflecting on Life After Statistics – R.I.P. Minghui Yu

Rachel, one of the organizers of Columbia's Life After Statistics, reflects on lessons learned from the conference and gives respects to a fellow statistician who was lost the night of.…

What Can You Do With a Degree In Statistics? – A Follow Up

This past Friday, Columbia University stat graduate students hosted a symposium on careers for students in statistics. Kenneth Shirley, a stat post doc, was nice enough to write this guest…

World Internet City-to-City Connections and Density Maps

Chris Harrison put together a series of Internet maps that show how cities are interconnected by router configuration. Similar to Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns, Chris chose to map only the…

Translating Data Into Information that Changes Us

Wondering what statistics is for? This is what. Data are a whole lot of meaningful patterns. We can generate data indefinitely, we can exchange data forever... we can store data,…

What Are You Going to Do With Your PhD in Statistics?

Statistics graduate students at Columbia University are hosting a symposium on careers for PhDs in statistics. Current confirmed speakers include industry statisticians at Google, AT&T Labs-Research, National Institutes of Health,…

Data is Going to Change How and Where You Drive – Dash GPS Navigation

Dash, an Internet-connected GPS device, is going to change the way you drive by making use of traffic data. Where does the data come from? Well, that's the best part.…

Six Years of Piracy Data Available for Download – Shiver Me Timbers

I stumbled across this dataset covering piracy of Oscar-nominated films over the last 6 years and a short analysis. Despite the Academy's efforts to crack down on bootlegging, its attempts…

10 Largest Data Breaches Since 2000 – Millions Affected

In light of the MySpace photo breach (due to their negligence) a couple of months ago, I got to wondering about other recent data breaches. It turns out Attrition.org keeps…

A World of Information – United Nations Data Just Became Accessible

For our Humanflows project, we used the United Nations Common Database for our demographic numbers. Anyone who has used the common database knows that it's not especially user-friendly. You have…

Estimate Financial Impact of Risk and Uncertainty for a Living

I stumbled across a data table from the Social Security Administration that shows the probability of death. It's an actuarial life table estimating the probability that you will die within…

Rambo Kill Counts From Parts I, II, III, and IV

I don't think I've seen a single Rambo all the way through nor do I remember the premise of any of the movies, but I still found these kill counts…

Comparing Roger Clemens to Hall of Fame Pitchers

For fun, I tried graphing Clemens' past ERAs against the ERAs for the 16 most recent hall of fame pitchers.

Speed Dating Data – Attractiveness, Sincerity, Intelligence, Hobbies

What do others look for in the opposite sex? How do you measure up? Find the answers in this speed dating dataset.