Monthly Archives: January 2012

Data Journalism Awards

Data Journalism Awards Tweet Vote on HN

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Fundamentals of Engineering Review Question Oops

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is the first licensing exam for engineers. You have to pass it on your way to becoming a professional engineer (PE). I was recently shown a problem from a review manual:  When it is operating … Continue reading

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figshare and don't trust celebrities stating facts

A couple of links: figshare is a site where scientists can share data sets/figures/code. One of the goals is to encourage researchers to share negative results as well. I think this is a great idea - I often find negative results … Continue reading

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Sunday Data/Statistics Link Roundup

Statistics help for journalists (don’t forget to keep rating stories!) This is the kind of thing that could grow into a statisteracy page. The author also has a really nice plug for public schools.  An interactive graphic to determine if you are … Continue reading

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In the era of data what is a fact?

The Twitter universe is abuzz about this article in the New York Times. Arthur Brisbane, who responds to reader’s comments, asks  I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are … Continue reading

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Academics are partly to blame for supporting the closed and expensive access system of publishing

Michael Eisen recently published a New York Times op-ed arguing that a bill meant to protect publishers, introduced in the House of Representatives, will result in tax payers paying twice for scientific research. According to Eisen If the bill passes, to read … Continue reading

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Help us rate health news reporting with citizen-science powered http://www.healthnewsrater.com

We here at Simply Statistics are big fans of science news reporting. We read newspapers, blogs, and the news sections of scientific journals to keep up with the coolest new research.  But health science reporting, although exciting, can also be … Continue reading

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Statistical Crime Fighter

Dick Berk is using his statistical superpowers to fight crime. Seriously. Here is my favorite paragraph. Drawing from criminal databases dating to the 1960s, Berk initially modeled the Philadelphia algorithm on more than 100,000 old cases, relying on three dozen … Continue reading

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Do you own or rent?

When it comes to computing, history has gone back and forth between what I would call the “owner model” and the “renter model”. The question is what’s the best approach and how do you determine that? Back in the day … Continue reading

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