# Articles on Statistics

## You can’t control what you can’t find: Detecting invasive species while they’re still scarce

It's cheaper to prevent biological invasions than to react after they happen. But it's hard to detect invaders while there are still just a few of them. Knowing when and where to look can help.

## If you recycled all the plastic garbage in the world, you could buy the NFL, Apple and Microsoft

Less than 10 percent of plastic waste has been recycled – a factoid recently crowned statistic of the year.

## The math on why the Trump administration’s fuel standards report is seriously flawed

Their analysis finds that the costs exceed the benefits by over \$170 billion – but it includes four major errors in the calculations.

## It’s not so easy to gain the true measure of things

How useful is the information you get from the measure of any thing? That depends on what you chose measure in the first place, and that's not always clear.

## How big data has created a big crisis in science

Science is in a reproducibility crisis. This is driven in part by invalid statistical analyses that happen long after the data are collected – the opposite of how things are traditionally done.

## The equivalence test: A new way for scientists to tackle so-called negative results

A new statistical test lets researchers search for similarities between groups. Could this help keep new important findings out of the file drawer?

## Measuring racial profiling: Why it’s hard to tell where police are treating minorities unfairly

Police practices like stop and frisk are often criticized as racial profiling. But it can be tricky to figure out from the data which officers are the worst offenders.

## What it means when scientists say their results are ‘significant’

What do stats really mean in the real world? Here's an example from leukaemia research to help you identify if a result really is important.

## Numbers in the news? Make sure you don’t fall for these 3 statistical tricks

Shrewd media consumers think about these three statistical pitfalls that can be the difference between a world-changing announcement and misleading hype.

## McDonald’s Monopoly: A statistician explains the real odds of winning

McDonald's Canada has brought back its popular Monopoly game. A statistician explains the odds of winning the top prizes and how that compares to the odds we confront in everyday life.

## Planetary science could save thousands of lab mice

A new machine-learning algorithm does more with less.

## Will it be a blue wave – or a whimper? Here’s what the evidence says for the 2018 House midterm elections

The odds favor a big year for Democrats, but the extent of their gains is still in doubt.

## The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than \$1 billion – where does all that lottery profit really go?

Lotteries purportedly generate money to support public education. Jackpots are getting bigger and bigger – but states don't seem to be spending any more on education.

## How the polls could have caught ‘surprise’ victories like Trump’s

When political polls are aggregated together, that can make the results misleading.

## 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 and data science degrees: Overhyped or the real deal?

Undergraduate statistics degrees have tripled in the past decade. Is 'statistician' really the sexy new job?

## How astrophysics could transform the treatment of cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases

Galaxy images and patient records can be equally confusing. Now a team of astrophysicists have realised their methods could help medical professionals.

## France: worthy winners – but here’s what the statistics say about who’s best in World Cup history

The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil's star-studded 1970 team.

## Puerto Ricans don’t trust official information on Hurricane Maria

A survey shows that most Puerto Ricans didn't highly rate the official information coming out of the island. With the Institute of Statistics in trouble, the situation is likely not to improve.

## Could Australia win, really? The science of predicting the World Cup champion

Australia has won the soccer World Cup three times, in simulation games only. So what are the challenges to predicting the winner?

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