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Statistics: if you torture the data enough, they will confess. clemsonunivlibrary/ Flickr

One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong

P hacking is manipulating data and research methods to achieve statistical signifiance. And it could be why so many research papers are false.
If enough people from a particular group don’t complete the Census, it can disrupt the data. Shutterstock

Forget the Census undercount, what matters is bias

If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself. AAP/Dean Lewins

Explainer: what is the census, and why does it matter?

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.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

What’s on the to-do list for Africa’s statistical ecologists

Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
Predicting the outcome of each of the 198 AFL home-and-away matches is no small task. AAP/Joe Castro

A tip to win your office footy tipping? Don’t listen to the experts

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.
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Gun control in America by the right (and wrong) numbers

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?

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