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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.
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won this year’s French Open at the age of just 20. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

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.
Statistics and probability can sometimes yield mind bending results. Shutterstock

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.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment. Census WA/AAP

We need to find new ways to measure the Australian labour force

The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In a world awash with data, is the census still relevant?

The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?

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