If you want the best tool for making educated guesses, then you'd better get the basics right.
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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.
Going their separate ways: Diego Costa and José Mourinho.
A look at the statistics shows that having a top-performing centre forward is key to winning games – and ultimately trophies.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting the go-ahead three-run home run in Game 5 of the ALDS.
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Why do white players seem so intent on preserving an unspoken set of rules?
Roosters (here playing against the Rabbitohs in Sydney last Friday) are odds-on favourite to win this year’s grand final. But are they the really the best team to take out the 2015 title?
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Is it age or experience that counts in the teams challenging for this years's NRL Grand Final? Or do we need to look deeper into the game statistics?
Employment growth does not equal ‘jobs creation’.
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Politicians all too often use monthly jobs numbers to infer that the other mob is doing a bad job or that they are doing a great job at managing the economy. But that's a flawed use of the data.
It’s time to look more closely at poverty statistics.
Childhood poverty is growing among some groups of Asian Americans.
The original 1812 gerrymander district designed to favor Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry.
The gerrymandered district has been part of the US political landscape for two centuries. Impartial math suggests several methods for drawing fair, competitive congressional districts.
Ice cream and BBQ sales may rise when the weather's good, but it's mostly at the expense of other, cold weather, items.
Williams is on track to eclipse Court, Navratilova and Graf ... but she's not there yet.
The conscription ballot was conducted via a lottery, which was supposed to be unbiased towards any particular date.
A little mathematics reveals whether the government really did 'play god' with the Vietnam draft, as suggested by former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fisher.
Television is not like it used to be, but it’s difficult to find accurate data on how it’s changing.
With free-to-air, pay TV, catch-up services and video-on-demand, television is changing in Australia, and the viewership metrics are struggling to keep up.
The real game gets filtered by the imaginary.
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Football games are now watched through a haze of statistics, generated by betting, fantasy football and video games.
Or do they completely miss the mark?
It turns out the only insider knowledge you'll need is a copy of last year's standings.
It seems MPs like Iain Duncan Smith could do with some basic statistics training.
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When MPs can't get to grips with basic statistics, it's bad for democracy.
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Citizens of countries that rank higher on the so-called Trust Index tend to be more generous when it comes to tipping waiters.
Clinical trials rely on statistics to show whether drugs are more effective than placebo pills. But how can we be certain?
Statistics are valuable tools for researchers - but may not be as reliable as we think. New research suggests the widely-used P value is inappropriate.
Australia’s census covers a wide range of topics, including some that are very infrequently covered by other surveys.
If reports are to be believed, both the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the federal government are strongly considering moving from a five-year to a ten-year census cycle. This move has been…
Adjusted data from Australian weather stations has been peer-reviewed before. But the government’s new technical panel could still offer useful advice.
The federal government’s new “Technical Advisory Forum” on weather data, announced by parliamentary environment secretary Bob Baldwin last week, will “review and provide advice on Australia’s official…