The Audacity of Dope

A study on THC levels in commercial cannabis generates confusion

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Fracking and Babies

It’s complicated
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Hold Your Breath to Reduce Pain?

Is very hard exercise dangerous? How to understand statistical comparisons
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Are You a Journalist?

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STATS.org has long provided free advice for journalists on mathematical and statistical issues, whether it involves looking at the statistical data in a new study or just talking about how a topic might be analyzed by thinking through the numbers.

We have helped journalists from the Associated Press and ABC News to the New York Times, the Economist and Wired. Now, we are able to expand this service with our new advisory board:

Andrew Bray, Assistant Professor, Mt. Holyoke
Giles Hooker, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Michael Lavine, Professor, UMass Amherst
Patrick McKnight, Associate Professor, George Mason University
Regina Nuzzo, Associate Professor, Gallaudet University
Kristin Sainini, Associate Professor, Stanford University

Just drop us a line here, give us a reasonable deadline, and we’ll do our best to help!

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CJR3In the News…

“ ‘This is the counterpoint to all the dismal news about the news media,’ Butterworth says. ‘This is really exciting. This is journalism ascending to a higher level of understanding of the way the world works, and we want to help as many journalists as possible get there.’

What Butterworth is talking about is the increasingly quantitative nature of the stories journalists find themselves telling, and the potential of numbers to hold powerful interests accountable. But the tool he’s using to address it is, for now at least, actually quite small: six statisticians, all volunteers, who make up an advisory board designed to help journalists struggling to sort through reams of data or understand the statistical evidence presented by a research paper.”

Statistically Significant: Key Concepts for Reading—and Writing—about Statistics

Rebecca Goldin talking to reporters at NPF Seminar on Cancer Reporting

How to Cover Journal Articles

In December 2014, STATS’ Director Rebecca Goldin talked to journalists about how to cover scientific data during the National Press Foundation’s program on reporting cancer research. To listen to an audio recording (80 minutes), click here.

Odds or Probability?

What are the odds you know the difference between odds and probability? While not the same, the two words often are conflated in lay discussions and, perhaps, most ironically, in a recent New York Times article, How Not to Be Fooled by Odds. Numerous times, the... read more

Is the Risk of War Declining?

Time to call a statistical truce on war size and timing
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Can a Half-Cent Tax on Drink Save Lives?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a huge dent on an intractable problem at a trivial cost to the public?
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Why We Need a Statistical Revolution

Scientists need statisticians; statisticians need scientists; both need big data
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Why C3PO Was Wrong

From Significance, the journal of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association
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