Racism, Red Cards, and Rabbit Holes

29 teams competed on the same dataset and the same question—but did the result undermine statistical knowledge?

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STATS check
Just how reliable was that study? You’ve read or heard that alarming headline, but does the experimental design or the data support it? The Drink of Death click here The Audacity of Dope click here Fracking and Babies click here For more analyses click here
STATS help
Journalists—why not ask a statistician about that study before you write about it? Our volunteer advisory board of academic statisticians is here to help you. Just give us a reasonable deadline!

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Read how the STATS board helped one investigative journalist at Columbia Journalism Review.

STATS savvy
It’s a big bad data world out there; you need to be statistically savvy: Causation vs Correlation click here Statistical Comparisons click here The Problem of Selection Bias click here Odds or Probability? click here

How Statistics Can Solve the BPA Controversy

Seventeen years of argument over the safety of BPA shows the importance of statistics and study design in assessing risk.
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Anatomy of a Statistical Meltdown

Why breakthrough research on BPA and bad behavior in girls fell apart—and why it reveals a bigger problem in science
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Death by Bacon

Did the news get to the meat of the matter?
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Glaring Flaws in Sugar Toxicity Study

No control group, no correcting for multiple testing, authors claims contradicted by their own data. But lots of love from the media.
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Black Coffee is Not a Sign You Are a Sadist

80 shades of multiple testing leads the news media to a silly association
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Cornell statistician Giles Hooker takes us through the ways nonresponse bias can produce misleading study headlines
News organizations need to pay more attention to the margin of error in polls.
Misleading graphs know no political bounds.
The New York Times misses a huge opportunity to investigate bias in policing, and other statistics in the news.

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