Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
Humans behave like atoms when viewed from a distance.
Women will now be better informed when it comes to deciding whether it's worth undergoing another round of IVF.
No democratic government should be able to manipulate the public by getting a sneak peek at the data.
Today algorithms are ubiquitous, yet often misunderstood. Rather than mysterious entities, they're closer to recipes, and the quality of the output depends on the input – in their case, data.
Methods stemming from decades of research on disordered materials are used to describe algorithmic phase transitions, and to design new algorithms in machine-learning problems.
Even though the shift towards part-time employment has actually been happening for many years, it now appears to be slowing.
The unpredictability of women's tennis in 2017 should make us strongly question the performance of the official rankings – and not simply the players’ performance.
By embracing a style beyond the typical classroom lecture, math education can serve all of our students better.
Researchers need to be able to draw conclusions based on previously published studies in their field. A new aggregation method synthesizes prior findings and may help reveal more of the big picture.
Any field that collects and analyzes data relies on statistical techniques to make sense of it all. Modern, more accurate methods should supplant the old ways... but in many cases, they haven't yet.
The decisions we make in life often come down to Bayes' Theorem, but most of us don't even realise what it is. So how does it work?
Sea otters had been absent from this Alaskan national park for at least 250 years. By marrying math and statistics, scientists map this animal's successful comeback.
Just about everyone wants medical care, but some want it a lot more. We discovered a personality trait that explains why it's hard to improve health care outcomes and costs.
Sometimes statistics and probability can produce unexpected or counter-intuitive results. If we're hoping to use numbers to make good decisions, we should be wary of the traps.
We naturally overestimate the risk of rare events, like shark attacks or terrorism. But there are things you can do to think more rationally about the real risk.
Here are some all-too-common errors when it comes to interpreting statistics, and how to avoid them.
For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the 'hot hand' is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
Things tend to revert back to their typical state over time, so we should be careful not to mistake that for some other trend.
The Centrelink debt recovery system reminds us that many data systems are prone to error, and that's built in to how they work.