The US is only the 18th happiest country in the world. That's the lowest ranking since reporting began in 2012. What are policymakers doing wrong?
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
Universities shouldn’t ignore graduates once they leave the institution.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
What’s your ‘street race’?
The upcoming census, like many before it, will boil complex information on race, ethnicity and ancestry into just two questions. That leaves a lot of important information out of the data.
AR-15-style rifles on display in a Texas retail shop.
AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane
Gunmakers should be at the center of any discussion of the root causes of violence, and a closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends.
A naturalization ceremony, in December 2015.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
The Department of Justice wants to add a citizenship question to the next census. That could mess up the Census Bureau's data and damage public trust in the system.
New Fed chair Jerome Powell has some tough choices ahead.
The data shows a tricky balancing act for policy makers. Interest rates will need to rise but too quickly could squash the recovery.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores in the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool, in February 2018.
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A new approach to gathering data from football matches which uses cybernetics and AI could help coaches spot weak links in their teams.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted.
Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
Companies are compiling your smartphone data into shockingly intimate profiles that can be used against you.
Big data provides a rich picture of the physical city, but it won't tell us much about the social city – that's where agent-based modelling comes in.
Hindu women, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait for their turn to collect aid at refugee camp in September 2017.
AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Today, there are more refugees and displaced people than ever before. Sophisticated analytics could be a game-changer for officials on the front lines of the crisis.
Shoppers browsing vegetables at a farmers market.
Why are people from some states so much healthier than others? Despite what you may hear, it's not just about genetics or poor choices.
Deaths from opioid, suicide and other public health threats could have been avoided.
Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years. That's not supposed to happen in a rich country like the US.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.
Data ethics should pay much more attention to the social value of research
Hurricane Maria’s destruction may have led to many hundreds more deaths than originally estimated.
The governor of Puerto Rico has ordered a recount of the official death toll for Hurricane Maria. The real number is likely higher by the hundreds. What happened?
Where we’ve been in 2017.
How do diverse movies fare in the international box office? What time do trolls like to post their comments? We look back on some of this year's most intriguing graphs and maps.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice.
The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.