A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
Struggling to tell your daily infections from your cumulative counts, or a linear from a log scale? Here are a few pointers to help you master the deluge of data about the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.
Countries have been trying to count their populations since the Han dynasty in China.
The Tim Hortons coffee chain has made some changes to its iconic Roll up the Rim contest, including the addition of "digital rolls." A statistician explains how this changes the odds of winning.
A reduction in OSHA inspectors may lead to a reduction in workplace safety.
Harvey Weinstein's conviction isn't the norm for perpetrators of sexual violence.
Scrambling it is much easier than solving it. But it still involves some fascinating questions, such as the number of random moves needed to consider the cube truly messed up.
Wages, starlight and polls can all be interpreted using statistics. While probabilities, medians and noise can be challenging, a simple dice can provide insights into statistics.
How likely is it that everyone in a family Kris Kringle will draw their own partner? It took a roomful of mathematicians to find out.
You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
John Carlisle's method for spotting potentially fraudulent figures has already been adopted by two top medical journals.
When asked to identify the most dangerous day of the year, we realised this research hadn’t been done.
A little bit of statistics can explain the great mystery of why only girls are being born in Miejsce Odrzanskie.
South Africa’s data collection is constantly improving. That's especially true when it comes to metrics that weren't collected or were distorted for political purposes during apartheid.
When bad weather hits, there's a complex formula organisers turn to to make lost game time fair.
Despite what the statistics suggest, many teenage parents say having a baby has transformed their lives.
Umpires don't need to be replaced by robots, but some troubling findings indicate that they could use a little help.
Rising evidence shows that many psychology studies don't stand up to added scrutiny. The problem has many scientists worried – but it could also encourage them to up their game.
Two prestigious journals have suggested abandoning the traditional test of the strength of a study's results. But a statistician worries that this would make science worse.