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Medical Experts Disappointed With Man Who Failed To Live Up To Life Expectancy

Medical Experts Disappointed With Man Who Failed To Live Up To Life Expectancy | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE, FL—Explaining that the man’s lifestyle, ethnicity, and family history had all indicated a more favorable outcome, members of the medical community expressed their disappointment Tuesday after learning that Florida resident Andrew ...
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Funny article about stupid interpretations of technically correct statistics.   Keep your common sense engaged when using numbers!

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FunGraphs.pdf

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These graphs are 1) fun to read, 2) Good examples of effective data display and 3) mostly true!

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Weird, but inevitable: algorithm now serves on a corporate board - ZDNet

Weird, but inevitable: algorithm now serves on a corporate board - ZDNet | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
When analytics go from streaming to steaming: What it takes to run a business based on the Internet of Things
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I'd like to see this algorithm.  I wonder if they have to pay it?

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Rob Rose's curator insight, April 13, 6:22 PM

This is very interesting.

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'Odd Squad' Combines Madness, Math And Minors Perfectly - 70 Million Kids ... - Forbes

'Odd Squad' Combines Madness, Math And Minors Perfectly - 70 Million Kids ... - Forbes | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
PBS Kids' Odd Squad show attracts 70 million fans in January for it's weird and wonderful combination of oddness, kids in charge, gadgets and math.
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Enjoy the bizarre, reinforce your math and help your kids to learn it all at the same time.  Great show!

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Prove Anything With Statistics Using Spurious Correlations [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Prove Anything With Statistics Using Spurious Correlations [Weird & Wonderful Web] | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Mark Twain once said, "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." The point being that statistics can be used to prove anything, whether they're made up on the spot or generated by real data.

Via KiwiBelma
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I know you all know this stuff but it's fun and you might not know about the website where you can your own data that is spuriously correlated!

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(En) Theory of..., Thinking Processes and Policy Constraints by Dettmer and Marris - YouTube

Bill Dettmer and Philip Marris discuss various aspects of the Theory Of Constraints. They discuss how the name “Theory Of Constraints” generates rejection in...

Via Philip Marris
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You only need to hear the first few minutes of this to know why people don't come to my TOC webinars.   Renaming them this spring!!

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Bill Bentley's curator insight, February 16, 11:34 AM

You only need to hear the first few minutes of this to know why people don't come to my TOC webinars.   Renaming them this spring!!

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The timeline of statistics

The timeline of statistics | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
StatsLife - news and opinion from the Royal Statistical Society
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Very nice timeline of the history of statistics.  Must have!

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anamore's curator insight, February 15, 6:26 AM

Nice global view!

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T-shirt checks your vital statistics

T-shirt checks your vital statistics | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
French company Cityzen Sciences has developed a smart t-shirt, that measures statistics like your heart rate.
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I'm not sure I want my underwear reporting my activities to statisticians.  Click 'like' if you agree!  :)

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The year we get creeped out by algorithms

The year we get creeped out by algorithms | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
"Algorithmic judgment is the uncanny valley of computing."

Via Linus J Fernandes
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I'm creeped out already and I do this kind of stuff!

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British Medical Journal: Men really can be idiots

British Medical Journal: Men really can be idiots | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
A review of 20 years of the Darwin Awards, of people dying in supremely stupid ways, reveals 90 percent of the winners were men, leading researchers to come up with Male Idiot Theory
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A funny statistical insight into male risky behavior.

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How A Forgetful Mind Can Be A More Creative Mind - Co.Design

How A Forgetful Mind Can Be A More Creative Mind - Co.Design | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Inhibiting old ideas may have an "essential role" in developing new ones.
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You no longer need to be worried about forgetting someone's name.  It may just means you are extra creative!

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funny statistics

interesting statistics funny statistics percents funny statistics jokes funny statistics shirts funny statistics video funny statistics song strange statisti...
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Yes funny but take it with a large grain of salt since the author did not describe where the data came from, how it was collected, what the sample size was, how the sample was determined, etc., all of which make it funny but fairly useless.

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How Do You Turn A Monkey Into A Therapist?

How Do You Turn A Monkey Into A Therapist? | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Harry Harlow’s most famous experiments involved isolating an infant rhesus monkey until it was socially and emotionally devastated. Less well-known is the experiment in which he revived them using “therapist monkeys.”
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If you know someone who is depressed, consider being a 'therapist monkey', or buying them one!

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How juries are fooled by statistics

How juries are fooled by statistics | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.
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This is a TED talk which should be a basic probability and statistics review for anyone studying the topic like I am, and for the rest of you (normal people!) presents a few clear and scary examples of how most of us truly have no solid grasp on issues of uncertainty which helps to explain why we consistently make bad decisions.   Certainly worth the few minutes to watch it although like thousands before him, his statistics jokes are sorely lacking  :)

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Extreme Data Science

Extreme Data Science | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Extreme data science is a way of doing data science to deliver high value very fast. It can best be compared to extreme  rock climbing, where individuals manag…
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This picture is how I feel sometimes in my graduate stats classes!   Read the article.  I like the odds.  Extreme data science is a lot safer than extreme mountain climbing.

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Why People "Fly from Facts"

Why People "Fly from Facts" | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Research shows the appeal of untestable beliefs, and how it leads to a polarized society

Via Institute for Responsible Nutrition
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Very interesting article about how and why people justify opinions that are contraindicated by facts.    It is part of the mechanism of the polarization of our society. It is a cause or effect?  Good study topic!

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, March 10, 1:25 PM

Why do people "fly from facts"? This article is extremely relevant to the real, whole foods movement. 

Elizabeth Archerd's curator insight, March 13, 2:17 PM

Needed insight in the current public discussion.

Matheus Cavalieri's curator insight, April 17, 10:00 AM

Perfeito....

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HP extends R programming language for big data - Computerworld

HP extends R programming language for big data - Computerworld | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Hewlett-Packard has devised a way to run programs written in the R statistical programming language against data sets that span more than one server
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R fans should find this interesting.  Looks like it's open source too.

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The Word-of-Mouth Psychology Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

The Word-of-Mouth Psychology Cheat Sheet [Infographic] | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Word-of-mouth (WOM) sharing is a fascinating topic. Why people share and what people share are two complex questions marketers tirelessly try to get answers for.

Via Jeff Domansky
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Any of you who are interested in viral marketing will find this cleverly done outline fun.  It describes what we get in return when we share certain types of information.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 13, 3:15 AM

Here's a fascinating look at the psychology of word-of-mouth sharing and social media.

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2014 Reading Statistics

Also known as the day I spent struggling with After Effects. A few people have asked what I use to keep track of the books I read so here's an Excel spreadsh...
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Watch this energetic woman summarize her amazing book reading statistics with some very nice graphics.   Nothing spectacular about the actual statistical displays by themselves but when presented transparently over the video of her talking, it shows a compelling way to describe data.  Try this in your next corporate presentation!

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2014: Deadly year for flying-but safer than ever - CNBC

2014: Deadly year for flying-but safer than ever - CNBC | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
2014 was the deadliest year in almost a decade for passenger flights. Yet the data shows flying is safer than ever.
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While big airline crashes are in the news, this article shows how important it is to present data in relative terms.   Flying on a plane has never been safer and is safer than most things we casually do every day, like walking the dog.  Have a safe year!

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Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food?

Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food? | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Not all spoiled food is created equal. Most everyone has an aversion to rotten foods. After all, they taste awful . But what about the foods we spoil intentionally? What separates rancid meet, for example, from moldy cheese, or bacteria-laden Salami?
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This is a wonderfully amusing and informative video about food and microbes.  Not many statistics in it but I thought worth sharing just because it's so well done.  PS.  Don't watch it while eating.  :)


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The Consumer Problem Survey

The Consumer Problem Survey | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
The most overlooked truth in marketing is that problems are the origin of consumption. When consumers realize they have a problem, they enter the market to find a solution.

Via Jeff Domansky
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Interesting and logical predictors of consumer behavior.  A little data analysis can go a long way in making the right decisions about what to stock, invest in, etc.

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, December 20, 2014 10:29 AM

Encuesta de Consumidores Infografía

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, December 21, 2014 2:37 AM

El origen del consumo está en el problema que busca resolver el consumidor. Si investigamos en profundidad estos problemas, podremos predecir el consumo.

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TV seems to know what you want to see; algorithms at work

TV seems to know what you want to see; algorithms at work | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
Your TV is inside your mind.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Interesting view into how data analytics are changing how content is presented to us.  They are getting inside of our heads.  It's just a modern version of "give them what they do, not what they say they do."

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Seas are rising in weird, new ways - Grist

Seas are rising in weird, new ways - Grist | Statistics in the News | Scoop.it
New research shows that seas are rising faster in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to climate change. (Sucks for you once again, Global South!)
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Practical application of data analysis that reveals something we otherwise would never know.

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