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Chicago is often invoked in political debates on crime. Scott Cornell/

Why the US needs better crime reporting statistics

What's really the most dangerous American city? The way crimes are currently counted in the US can easily confuse and mislead.
Statistics has Guinness to thank for the Student’s t-test. Flickr/Scott Thompson

The genius at Guinness and his statistical legacy

A statistical method widely used today by scientists and others is all thanks to a statistician at a Guinness brewery whose work was published anonymously more than a century ago.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores in the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool, in February 2018. Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

How AI could help football managers spot weak links in their teams

A new approach to gathering data from football matches which uses cybernetics and AI could help coaches spot weak links in their teams.
A key factor is how well people and machines can avoid crashes. Tempe Police Department via AP

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Comparing crash rates between humans and self-driving cars requires more data than anyone currently collects. And some of it will be quite hard to figure out.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice.

Bad data collection means we don’t know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

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.

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