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Sometimes statistical analysis suggests a result is significant – but actually in real life it means very little. Marlon Lara/Unsplash

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.
Most Canadians have a higher probability of dying of heart disease than winning something in the McDonald’s Monopoly game. THE CONVERSATION CANADA/Scott White

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.
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.

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