# Articles on Statistics

## In a victory against spin, ministers lose pre-release access to statistics

No democratic government should be able to manipulate the public by getting a sneak peek at the data.

## Don’t blame it on algorithms: what they really are and how they can fuel progress in the life sciences

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.

## Cracking big data with statistical physics

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.

## Three charts on: how part-time work is growing more slowly, but more men are doing it

Even though the shift towards part-time employment has actually been happening for many years, it now appears to be slowing.

## Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

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.

## How math education can catch up to the 21st century

By embracing a style beyond the typical classroom lecture, math education can serve all of our students better.

## How to boil down a pile of diverse research papers into one cohesive picture

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.

## New statistical methods would let researchers deal with data in better, more robust ways

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.

## Bayes’ Theorem: the maths tool we probably use every day, but what is it?

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?

## The extraordinary return of sea otters to Glacier Bay

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.

## Maximizers vs. minimizers: The personality trait that may guide your medical decisions – and costs

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.

## Paradoxes of probability and other statistical strangeness

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.

## Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? Here’s how to think about the real risk of rare events

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.

## The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation, and how to avoid them

Here are some all-too-common errors when it comes to interpreting statistics, and how to avoid them.

## Momentum isn’t magic – vindicating the hot hand with the mathematics of streaks

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.

## Regression to the mean, or why perfection rarely lasts

Things tend to revert back to their typical state over time, so we should be careful not to mistake that for some other trend.

## Errors in Centrelink’s debt recovery system were inevitable, as in all complex systems

The Centrelink debt recovery system reminds us that many data systems are prone to error, and that's built in to how they work.

## FactCheck Q&A: is violent crime getting worse in Victoria and do people feel less safe than ever?

Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said he thought that Victorians have never felt more unsafe, and that burglaries, assaults and murders are rising year-on-year. Is he right?

## Beyond the data: five important lessons we can learn from Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling taught us more than just the facts the data presented

## Hans Rosling was an incredibly entertaining presenter of the facts – and he made a huge impact

The world has lost a fantastic statistician at a time when the communication of facts is crucial.

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