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Statsketball: Meet the Judges

It’s almost that time of year for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means it’s also almost your chance to score! Get warmed up for the 2018 Statsketball Tournament by learning who will be assessing your predictions. People choose their teams based on anything from trivial things like team color or a cool mascot, leaving their...

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Statsketball Roundup: Statistics is Changing the Game

With NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament right around the corner, there’s no better way to prepare than to participate in our Statsketball challenge. Are you ready? In preparation of the competition, dive into these five articles showcasing how the field of statistics is shaping the way the sport is played: Data Analytics Have Made the NBA...

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What’s Going on In This Graph?

ASA and The New York Times Learning Network have released February’s “What’s Going On In This Graph?” In honor of Valentine’s Day, this month’s graph is interactive and features words that may be used throughout the day tomorrow—a hint from today’s ASA moderator. Join the conversation until 2 p.m. ET to ask questions! Each month...

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Statsketball: 5 Great Resources to Get Started

Statistics play a huge role in the strategy, assessment and business of modern sports, both as a scientific discipline and through the data. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is no exception—in fact, with the complexity of bracketology, statistics may be the key to sound predictions. As you start thinking about how to tackle your Statsketball bracket...

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Police Data Challenge: Winner Recommendations

The Police Data Challenge contest brought talented high school and undergraduate students across the nation to show their passion for the good statistics can do. With the Police Foundation’s efforts to make the information available, the 70 teams used real crime data sets from Baltimore, Seattle and Cincinnati police departments to analyze the best possible solutions for safer communities....

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Statsketball is Back: Bolster Your Brackets with the Power of Statistics

“I have warned many times about the guaranteed dangers of betting with your heart instead of your head…but every once in a while you get a fair chance to have it both ways, and the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament is one of them.” —Hunter S Thomspon Each year as March approaches, basketball fans hustle to...

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Beyond Barometers: How Statistics Helps Predict the Weather

No need for fortune tellers to predict the weather, we’ve got the power of statistics. In fact, meteorologists rely on one thing statisticians know a lot about—applying rigorous scientific techniques to extract information and knowledge from data. Data first became crucial to predicting the weather in the mid-1800s, with the invention of the telegraph. The...

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The Role of Statistics in Human Rights Advocacy

This week, we celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Remembering his civil rights activism made us think about the many ways statistics contributes to modern human rights advocacy.   Statistician Megan Price is a great example of how powerful statistics can be in addressing social justice and human rights violations. Price works for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that collects...

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From Spreadsheets to Headlines: A Day in the Life of Data Journalist Ryan Struyk

What is a data journalist? If you ask Ryan Struyk, data reporter and mobile producer at CNN Politics, it’s someone who can turn a data set into breaking news. Data reporters explain important issues, but instead of using human sources to break the news, they work with data sets. This is Statistics had the opportunity...

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What’s Going On In This Graph

This is Statistics is excited to share the latest “What’s Going On In This Graph?” feature from the New York Times Learning Network. Each month of the academic year, the Learning Network shares an infographic, stripped of its contextual information, from a recent New York Times article. It’s up to you to use your math, statistics and critical...

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