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Don’t want to share our data / OK, what’re you hiding?

I don't want my credit card numbers floating around, because then I'd be screwed. That kind of data needs to be locked up tight behind…

U.S. News & World Report College Rankings are Now Available

The well-known college rankings are now available for your viewing pleasure. Whether the ranking system is legit or not, I'll let you be the judge,…

My Mission is to Collect Basic Data

I began my path of higher education at Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student. As a stat graduate student, it's hard to…

The World Needs Statisticians

While doing research on the process of rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I've run across a frequent…

Proving the Non-experts Wrong

UPDATE: I found the essay! Programmers Need To Learn Statistics Or I Will Kill Them All by Mr. Zed Shaw There was this online essay…

TED Talk: What do we really know about the spread of AIDS?

In her TED talk, Emily Oster challenges our conception of AIDS and suggests other covariates that we need to look at (e.g. export volumes…

Making Public Data Public

As Jon Udell has mentioned, there's a ton of data online, but it's not often we can find it, often hidden in the deep, dark…

Finding Weirdness in Temperature Data

After parsing Weather Underground pages to grab temperature data, it's time to look at the data. Can't download all that data and not do anything…

Juice TESTING in Competitive Sports

It's easy to see how Statistics got this bad wrap because it's so easy to lie with data, charts, and graphs. Sometimes it's on purpose…

Immigration Data Available from Homeland Security

There was a Sharp Rise Seen in Applications for Citizenship, as reported in The Times today, and of course there was a graphic to complement…

Social Data Analysis by the Swarm

Swarm Theory, by Peter Miller, talks about how some animals, as individuals, aren't smart, but as a group or a swarm, they can do amazing…

CitiStat: Injured on Duty “Data”

I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across a televised CitiStat meeting for June 1. A bit of a coincidence…