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Bracket busted? Pick a winner in the Statsketball Overtime Challenge

As we hit the final rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, many of us are inevitably eliminated from our brackets as teams are eliminated from the court. But don’t throw your hat in yet! Get back in the game with the Statsketball Overtime Challenge. How to play Follow This is Statistics on Twitter and tweet us...

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5 Top Trends from the Statsketball Tournament Entries

While many may choose their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament predictions on a classic gut-check (or maybe by mascot), statistics buffs used a more systematic approach to enter This is Statistics’ Statsketball Tournament. The competition drew submissions from undergraduate and high school students across the country for its two challenges, the “Pick ‘Em” Upset Challenge and...

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Statsketball: A Roundup of Ways Statistics is Changing Basketball

It’s finally March, which means college basketball’s biggest event is just weeks away! Are you ready for our Statsketball competition? Athletes on the court start with a warm-up, and if you’re maximizing your bracket odds with statistics, you’re going to flex some serious mind-muscles while you crunch those numbers. We recommend limbering up with these...

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Award-Winning Movies: Statisticians in Hollywood

Even though statistics are rarely front and center of memorable films, behind the scenes of films on the big and small screens, statistics professionals are the industry’s rising stars. A new generation of movie crunchers are applying big data and cutting-edge analysis technology to help shape how movies are made and how audiences are engaged—and...

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Calling All Statistics and Data Science Students: Are You Ready for the Statsketball Tournament 2017?

“Survive and advance.” Legendary North Carolina State Basketball Coach and Commentator Jim Valvano uttered these words to describe his team’s strategy on its road to victory in the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament. He would later go on to say within the strategy of survive and advance, “…the only statistic that matters is the final score.”...

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2017 is the Year of the Statistician

Statistician: it’s a title sparking business-card-envy across all kinds of industries. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings, it’s the best job in STEM, it’s the best job in business, it’s the fourth best job, period. So, what makes a career as a statistician top the charts? U.S. News weighs several factors like...

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The Quantified Life is Here, But Who Will Make Sense of It?

Imagine if your car knew exactly where you were going based on the time of day and date, prompting your navigation system to drive there. What about a refrigerator that could tell your home assistant to add specific products to your shopping list after you run out? At the recent 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES),...

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Swimming Against the Tide with Statistics

Jenny Chen needed to solve a problem in the pool. A competitive swimmer since age five, Jenny found that now at age 13, she was struggling to improve and surpass her teammates. “The plateau hit me like a freight train and caused doubt to obscure the path to my goals. I began to fear diving...

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The Spirit of the Season

As we enter the holiday season and the coming new year, many take this time to reflect on the impact they have made or hope to make soon. Statistics not only helps make sense of the world around us, but makes a perceptible impact on our communities and the globe. Many statisticians see their career...

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Sowing the Oats of Data: How Statistics is Solving World Hunger

Sowing the Oats of Data: How Statistics is Solving World Hunger Farming practices around the world are rapidly developing with new technologies and agriculture is beginning to enter the digital age of big data. How are farmers using statistics and what difference can it make? Erik Andrejko, a data scientist at The Climate Corporation, discusses...

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