If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
Even without a DDoS attack, the 2016 Census may have failed due to the ABS making a rudimentary statistical error.
Census data have a real impact on the lives of Australians, from determining political representation through the distribution of electorates, to the allocation of government funding.
The numerical basis used to study African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps. This needs to improve if numbers are to inform policies that will encourage growth and push back poverty.
Evidence shows that in economies like that of Ghana, small firms do fine, but it's the large firms that seem to suffer constraints on their growth in numbers.
The number of members of the House of Representatives is variable. It is a result of a formula given in the Constitution.
Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
By linking censuses through time or by combining other information with the census, many more important policy questions can be answered than if we used one dataset alone.
As the talking heads line up to predict this season's division winners, many are hoping fans will forget their abysmal forecasts for the 2015 season.
If you're looking to win your colleagues' and friends’ respect in a footy tipping competition you can do a whole lot worse than simply tuning out of the countless hours of TV and radio analysis.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Big Data produces mountains of information, but it's useless for science unless we're asking the right questions.
All sides in the debate on gun control in the United States are quick to point to numbers they say back their arguments. But are they playing fair with those figures?
When a cricket match is cut short there's a way to work out how many runs are needed in any reduced over game. That's okay for the long form game but it doesn't work for the shorter matches.
The North Queensland Cowboys will be hoping to win back-to-back grand finals in this year's NRL. But what about that old saying on winning and losing?
If you want the best tool for making educated guesses, then you'd better get the basics right.
You might think statisticians could work out if a player has been cheating – it's not that simple.
Winter is a really tough time for the homeless, but it is hard to help people who are invisible to society.
A look at the statistics shows that having a top-performing centre forward is key to winning games – and ultimately trophies.
Why do white players seem so intent on preserving an unspoken set of rules?